Grendel's Mead-Hall Heorot In Beowulf

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Grendel is a creature that terrorized the mead-hall Heorot, owned by the King of the Danes, Hrothgar. Appearing from his lair in the marshes, he laid siege to the mead hall for 12 years. In his attacks, he killed many of the men sent to guard the mead-hall, therefore keeping the mead hall desolate and empty. His daily sieges continued till the Beowulf, a Geatish hero and largely reputed to be the strongest man in the world, came to assist Hrothgar and slayed Grendel in unarmed combat. Many physical characteristics and the origins of Grendel are largely unknown due to the ambiguousness of the several descriptions of the creature. Grendel hailed from a cave in the marshes near the mead hall and lived there in solitude. He is a descendant of Cain, the first murderer, and exhibited traits of brutality and violence as he killed the guards “over empty, blood-spattered bench, the floor of the mead-hall where they had feasted would be slick with slaughter.”(1) He was also shown to be envious of the happiness and revelry occurring at the mead hall which served to be one of his prime motivations for attacking Heorot in the first place.…show more content…
He is incredibly huge and strong with the strength to grab “thirty men from their resting places and rushed to his lair,” (3) He is likely a humanoid due to his ability to walk on land, grab people, and sneak around the hall but at the same time, possess some animalistic characteristics to survive the cold like being hairy. His skin is hard enough “that no blade on earth, no blacksmith’s art” (4) could damage him. Moreover he is sensitive to sound as he got disturbed by the noise generated by the patrons of the mead-hall. Grendel has more or less proven to be an intelligent creature as he had forsaken the use of weapons and felt rage at the prospect of an empty

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