Beowulf is living a well enough life in Geatland, unaware of the monster that is terrorizing the Danes.
Meeting with the Mentor
Learning of Grendel's monstrous reign, Beowulf, being the bravest and strongest of the Geats, is willing to travel to the Land of the Danes to rid them of Grendel, and to gain glory.
Crossing the First Threshold
The wise elders of Geatland feel that the omens of the adventure are favorable, and they encourage Beowulf to embark on this heroic journey.
Test, Allies and Enemies
After receiving conformation from the elders, Beowulf gathers a crew of the mightiest men available and sets sail for the land of the Danes.
Beowulf meets with Hrothgar, king of the Danes, and expresses to him that he is confident he will be victorious in defeating Grendel. The Danes celebrate Beowulf's arrival in Herot with a great feast with lots of beer. Eventually, all the soldiers in the hall fall asleep and Beowulf waits for Grendel's arrival.
Grendel comes to Herot and immediately begins to murder and rip apart the sleeping soldiers. When Grendel makes his way to Beowulf, he is astonished to find himself locked in Beowulf's iron grip, and becomes fearful of this powerful man. Using his amazing strength, Beowulf rips off Grendel's arm. Grendel leaves Herot, stumbling and bleeding out, eventually collapsing near his lair.