Remember, Hrothgar, O knowing king, now when my danger is near, the warm words we uttered, and if your enemy should end my life the be, o generous prince, forever the father and protector of all whom I leave behind me, here in your hands, my beloved comrades left with no leader, their leader dead.
Beowulf leaps into the lake without waiting on anyone's reply. The heaving water covered him over.
The greedy she-wolf who'd ruled those waters for half a hundred years discovered him. She welcomed him in her claws, clutched at him savagely but could not harm him. She tried to work her fingers through the tight ring woven mail on his breast but tore and scratched in vain.
She carried him, armor, sword, and all to her home. Beowulf struggled to free his weapon and failed. The fight brought other monsters to see her catch. A host of sea beasts beat at his mail shirt, stabbing with tusks and teeth as they followed along.
Beowulf realized that she'd brought him into someone's battle hall and there the water's heat could not hurt him. Nor anything in the lake attack him through the building's high arching roof.. Then he saw the mighty water witch and swung his word.
Beowulf realized that his sword was useless in his battle with Grendel's mother. As they wrestled she bit into his helmet. Beowulf was not discouraged and leaped back into battle. He tossed his sword to the side and decided to use his hands instead.