A powerful monster, living downIn the darkness, growled in pain, impatientAs day after day the music rangLoud in that hall, the harp’s rejoicingCall and the poet’s clear songs, sungOf the ancient beginnings of us all (lines 1-6)
The men in the meed hall
. The monster’sThoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws:He slipped through the door and there in the silenceSnatched up thirty men, smashed them (lines 34-39)
The epic hero
So Beowulf Chose the mightiest men he could find,The bravest and best of the Geats, fourteenIn all, and led them down to their boat;He knew the sea, would point the prowStraight to that distant Danish shore (line 119-125)
A single request! I have come so far,Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend,That this one favor you should not refuse me—That I, alone and with the help of my men,May purge all evil from this hall.(Lines 163-167)
Here you meet Grendel. Grendel is awkae by the horrid sounds of fun and excitment. Right above his cave is the mead hall fulled with cheerful men having drinks, dancing, singing, and laughing.
Arrival to Danish
Grendel attacks the meed hall while the men are sleeping. He attcked them for 12 years. Swooping in at night he snatched them up and smooshed 30 men! They ran and ran and ran but Grendel kept finding them.
That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime,Knew at once that nowhere on earthHad he met a man whose hands were harder;His mind was f looded with fear—but nothingCould take his talons and himself from that tightHard grip. Grendel’s one thought was to runFrom Beowulf,
Beowulf and 14 men climb aboard a boat and sailed over the land of the danes to offer Hrothgar. They arrived and was escorted by a Danish gaurd to Herot.
Then Comes Grendel's mother
Beowulf and his mean arrive at the castle to help the king defeat Grendel. The one thing he asked of the king was that he do it alone with no weapons.
Beowulf goes and fights Grendel with his BARE HANDS. Beowulf defeats Grendel and returns the king.
Beowulf goes looking for Grendel's mother underwater in her cage. She attacks him first and he kills her with his sword.