"She’d taken Hrothgar’s closest friend, the man he most loved of all men on earth; She’d killed a glorious soldier, cut a noble life short."
"A deer, hunted through the woods by packs of hounds, a stag with great horns, though driven through the forest from faraway places, prefers to die on those shores, refuses to save its life in that water."
"For hours he sank through the waves; At last he saw the mud of the bottom. And all at once the greedy she-wolf who’d ruled those waters for half a hundred years discovered him."
"He realized, suddenly, that she’d brought him into someone’s battle-hall, and there the water’s heat could not hurt him, nor anything in the lake attack him through the building’s high-arching roof."
"Then he saw, hanging on the wall, a heavy sword, hammered by giants, strong and blessed with their magic, the best of all weapons."
"Her body fell to the floor, lifeless, the sword was wet with her blood, and Beowulf rejoiced at the sight.