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Grendel is a "monster[ ] born / [o]f Cain." On his first night of terrorizing Herot he "[s]natched up thirty men, smashed them / [u]nknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies, / [t]he blood dipping behind him [ . . . ] / delighted with his night's slaughter" (Raffel 20-21, 37-40).
Beowulf is "greater / [a]nd stronger than anyone anywhere in this world" (110-111). He felt his duty was to slay this monster named Grendel that haunted the mead hall Herot.
Beowulf and the strongest Geats would "sail across the sea to Hrothgar" to kill this monstrous Grendel (115).
Once Beowulf arrived, he approached King Hrothgar and promised "[t]hat [he], alone and with the help of [his] men, [m]ay purge all evil from [Herot]" (260-261).
Later that evening, many gathered to try to attract Grendel from his den. Once the warriors were asleep Grendel left his swamp and went to Herot "[w]ith the thought of food and the feasting his belly / [w]ould soon know" (308-309).
Beowulf soon arose and battled with Grendel. Grendel wanted to run from this "mighty protector of men" but soon "the monter's / [a]rm, calw, and shoulder and all" was hanging from the rafters in victory of his win (366, 409-410).
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