A halo appeared, brightening the lair of Grendel’s mother. With sword in hand, Beowulf was “...determined to take revenge for every gross act Grendel had committed” (1576). Beowulf was going to settle the score: “...he saw the monster in his resting place, war-weary and wrecked, a lifeless corpse, a casualty of the battle in Heorot. The body gaped at the stroke dealt to it after death: Beowulf cut the corpse’s head off” (1584-1590).
“Meanwhile, the sword began to wilt into gory icicles, to slather and thaw. It was a wonderful thing, the way it all melted as ice melts when the fathers eases the fetters off the frost and unravels the water-ropes. He was wields power over time and tide: He is the true Lord.” (1606-1611)