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"Then news of Grendel, Hard to ignore, reached me at home: Sailors brought stories of the plight you suffer In this legendary hall, how it lies deserted, Empty and useless once the evening light Hides itself under Heaven’s dome." (409-414)
These lines of the story explains Beowulf's call to action; to slay the monster Grendel.
“Time and again, when the goblets passed And seasoned fighters got flushed with beer They would pledge themselves to protect Heorot And wait for Grendel with whetted swords. But when dawn broke and day crept in Over each empty, blood-spattered bench, The floor of the mead-hall where they had feasted Would be slick with slaughter." (480-487)
These lines work with the supernatural aid of the hero's journey because the King is telling Beowulf that there are people that tried before him and died because they underestimated Grendel.
“We have gone through a glorious endeavorAnd been much favored in this fight we dared Against the unknown. Nevertheless,If you could have seen the monster himself Where he lay beaten, I would have been better pleased. (957-961)
These lines work with the return part of the Hero's journey because he gathers everyone in the meat hall to tell of the story of how he beat Grendel and to celebrate his feat.
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