Following many days of partying in High Herot, the men who bed there are slaughtered by the nefarious creature, Grendel.
We must call for Beowulf at once!
My King, God himself has abandoned us to be the slaughter of devils!
The night following Beowulf's arrival, the creature returns to terrorise once again, but meets an unexpected hurdle along the way
Grendel! Sin-stained demon! Be that you forsake weapons, I shall defeat thee in unarmed combat!
Friends and Danes, Today I descend to the depths of hell to fight that evil she-wolf of these lands. If I die, do not mourn me for fate has decreed it.
Following Grendel's defeat, the presence of a new horror comes to light: Grendel's Mother. They venture to the marsh in search of her.
Beowulf spends many hours on the slow descent to the monster's lair, before she drags him the rest of the way and they fight. Beowulf's sword breaks and he must resort to using a giant's blade.
Go back to the hell from whence you came, she-devil! Spawn of Satan!
I will not sit idly by while a dragon burns my kingdom and slaughters my people! Have at thee!
Beowulf's defeat of the two monsters brings him much fame and he returns home to become king of the Geats. 50 years he rules in peace, until that is disturbed by an infamous dragon. In his old age, he goes off to fight.
Beowulf defeats the dragon with the aid of his trustworthy companion, Wiglaf, but not before being fatally wounded.
We shall build a tower in your honor, oh mighty Beowulf.
I leave my kingdom to you, good and faithful Wiglaf. May your reign be peaceful and long.