After the foundling king (Shield Sheafson) passed, his body was placed in a large sea-stead filled with riches and was mysteriously cast off to sea.
"Whoever finds me will be one lucky man!"
Hrothgar, the white-haired warrior, ruled over a prospering kingdom, and created the famous mead-hall known as Heorot after much military success.
Enjoy yourselves my brave warriors!
Tomorrow I shall be back for more.
"So Grendel ruled in defiance of right, one against all, until the greatest house in the world stood empty, a deserted wall stead. For twelve winters, seasons of woe, the lord of the Shieldings suffered under his load of sorrow..." (Beowulf 144-149)
The notorious midnight walker attacks the mead-hall continuously, slaughtering and kidnapping the warriors.
"There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, high-born and powerful" (Beowulf 196-198)
After hearing about the terrible events, a brave warrior named Beowulf embarks on a journey along with several other warriors to fight the life-taker, Grendel. Beowulf wanted to defend the Danish against Grendel.
"'Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, he is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armour."' (Beowulf, 247-251)
A watchman stops Beowulf and his children of war, and admits that they seem fearless. He guides them to the mead-hall and speaks to Wulfgar about them.
"'Now Holy God has, in His Goodness, guided him here to the West-Danes, to defend us from Grendel. This is my hope; and for his heroism I will recompense him with a rich treasure"' (Beowulf 381-385)
King Hrothgar welcomes Beowulf and his men to Denmark, but states that they must set down their battle-metal. Hrothgar's officer then relayed the news to Beowulf