Lauren Kessler, Shanna McKenna, and Shreena Solanki Lines 1-398
When the highly honored King passed away, his warrior bade laid him down in his boat with many treasures placed upon him, as well as precious ship gear, weapons, and armor. As his soul's case was set out to the ship's playground, to drift away in the waves, the nation was left mourning this great loss.
"There was Shield Sheafson, scourge of many tribes, A wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes" (Lines 4-5).
The great Halfdane, son of Beow who led after Shield Sheafson’s death, ruled the Danes for as long as he lived. During his lifetime he had four children, one of which who was named Hrothgar. Hrothgar had many young followers and dreamed of building a great mead-hall
I, Hrothgar, order you men to build this mead-hall and it will be "... a wonder of the world forever" (Line 69).
Heoret was the hall of the halls. Hrothgar's lavish, wealthy hall was where his warriors would sit and dine before preparing to participate in death's game against Grendel. Each mead-hall was a place for kings to display their armour and precious treasures. These mead halls doubled as the areas where the feasts were held as well as sleeping dormitories for the warriors at night.
Grendel, hells merciless foe, had begin to taunt those who lived above him. As he emerged from his lair beneath into the hall, the lives of thirty men were taken and devoured. As the following day came to a set, Grendel was back again. For twelve years Grendel took the lives of many without challenge. After many lives were taken, those Danes that were not eaten lived in constant fear of the beast beneath.
Hygelac's thane voyaged the swan's roads to find Hrothgar and offer him help. The thane gathered up 14 of his men and voyaged across the seas to battle and defeat the monster whom all the people spoke of in pure terror.