Beowulf by Alyssa McCombs

Beowulf by Alyssa McCombs

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  • Grendel Attacks
  • He slipped through the door and there in the silence snatched up thirty men, and smashed them. (Lines 36-37)
  • Beowulf Sails to Denmark
  • He knew the sea, would point the prow straight to that distant Danish shore. (Lines 123-124)
  • Beowulf Kills Grendel
  • A prince of the Geats had killed Grendel. (Line 511)
  • Grendel, a demon descended from Cain, emerged from the swampy lowlands. The bards’ songs about God’s creation of the earth angered the monster. Once the men in the mead-hall fell asleep, Grendel snuck inside and slaughtered thirty men. Hrothgar’s warriors were powerless against him. The following night, Grendel struck again, and he has continued to wreak havoc on the Danes for twelve years. He has taken over Heorot.
  • Beowulf Kills Grendel's Mother
  • Her body fell to the floor lifeless, the sword was wet with her blood and Beowulf rejoiced at the sight. (Lines 643-645)
  • Beowulf, nephew of the Geatish king Hygelac, lives in Geatland, what is now southern Sweden. When Beowulf hears tales of the destruction wrought by Grendel, he decides to travel to the land of the Danes and help Hrothgar defeat the demon. He sails across the sea with fourteen of his bravest warriors until he reaches Hrothgar’s kingdom.
  • Beowulf Kills the Dragon
  • As Beowulf fell back; its breath flared, and he suffered, wrapped around in swirling flames - a king before, but now a beaten warrior. 
  • Grendel bursts into Heorot. He tears through the door and reaches out to snatch Beowulf, he is stunned to find his arm gripped with great strength. Terrified, he tries to escape, but Beowulf wrestles him down. They crash around the hall, rattling the walls and smashing the mead-benches. Beowulf summons even greater strength and rips Grendel’s arm completely out of its socket. Fatally wounded, Grendel slinks back to his swampy home to die.  
  • Beowulf Dies
  • As the warriors sleep in the mead-hall, Grendel’s mother, a horrible monster, descends on Heorot in a frenzy of rage, seeking vengeance for Grendel's death. When she falls upon and seizes a sleeping man, the noise wakes the others. Beowulf tracks Grendel's mother to her lair under the lake, and kills her with a magic sword that he finds down there. Beowulf returns to King Hrothgar with Grendel's head and the hilt of the sword. 
  • Beowulf hears about a marauding dragon, Beowulf’s own throne-hall becomes the dragons target and it is burned to the ground. Beowulf strikes the dragon with his sword but it breaks. The dragon lands a bite on Beowulf’s neck, Wiglaf rushes to Beowulf’s aid, stabbing the dragon in the belly, Beowulf pulls a knife from his belt and stabs it into the dragon’s flank, killing the dragon. Beowulf then dies from the bite to the neck.
  • Beowulf requests that the treasure of the dragon is brought to him so he can see what he was able to get for his kingdom, he asks Wiglaf to have his funeral pyre close to the dragon hoard. The corpse of Beowulf is burned together with the treasure.The soldier built a tower around his ashes. The tower served as a beacon for sailors.
  • Taken warriors in their strength and led them to the death that was waiting, and now i follow them. (Lines 823-824) 
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