Hrothgar enters the mead hall and sees Grendel's talon. He thanks the almighty king of mankind for relieving himself and his people from Grendel, then goes on to praise Beowulf for his accomplishment.
"But now a man, With the Lord's assistance, has accomplished something none of us could manage before now For all our efforts" (938-41).
Beowulf accepts Hrothgar's praise with modesty, but shows disappointment that he was not able to kill Grendel in the hall for him to see; however, he reassures the people that Grendel is gone for good.
“He has done his worst but the wound will end him. He is hasped and hooped and hirpling with pain Limped and looped in it” (974-76).
Hrothgar hosted a banquet in honor of Beowulf. Many people showed to praise his successes, and he was presented with many treasures such as eight horses and an embossed ring.
“No group ever gathered in greater numbers or better order around their ring-giver. The benches filled with famous men who fell to with relish; round upon round of mead was passed; those powerful kinsmen, Hrothgar and Hrothulf, were in high spirits in the raftered hall”