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Beowulf Review. The Wrath of Grendel The story opens as a celebratorial noise from King Hrothgar’s mead hall, Herot, angers Grendel, the monster from.

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1 Beowulf Review

2 The Wrath of Grendel The story opens as a celebratorial noise from King Hrothgar’s mead hall, Herot, angers Grendel, the monster from hell who lurks in the darkness

3 The Wrath of Grendel Grendel, born from evil, slips into the mead hall and kills many men Hrothgar mourns the losses and Grendel continues his nightly attacks Thus, Herot “stayed deserted for years…” (12 winters)

4 The Coming of Beowulf Beowulf, the strongest of the Geats, crosses the sea from Sweden with his men to Denmark Beowulf convinces (my father is famous warrior, Egetho, etc.) the Danish watcher to take him to Hrothgar

5 The Coming of Beowulf Before King Hrothgar, Beowulf boasts of his background and accomplishments, then tells him he intends to kill Grendel with his bare hands

6 The Battle with Grendel That night, Beowulf and his men stay in Herot Gendel lurks inside and kills a Geat; then meets his match in Beowulf who rips off the monster’s arm and hangs it from the rafters Grendel escapes, but is mortally wounded

7 The Battle with Grendel The Dane’s and the Geats celebrate Beowulf’s victory But… Grendel’s mother seeks revenge and kills Hrothgar’s friend and takes back her son’s claw

8 The Monsters’ Lair Grendel and his mother live in a hellish lake Of course, Beowulf goes there to kill the female beast

9 The Battle with Grendel’s Mother Beowulf leaps into the lake and sinks for hours (superhuman powers) Grendel’s mother’s claws have no affect on Beowulf (his divine mail shirt protects him) so she carries him to her underground home

10 The Battle with Grendel’s Mother Beowulf tries to kill her with his sword, Hrunting, but her evil skin protects her Beowulf uses his supernatural strength to strike the she- beast dead with a magic sword

11 The Battle with Grendel’s Mother The Danes see the lake water churn with blood and think Beowulf is dead The loyal Geats wait… Beowolf finds Grendel’s body and cuts off his head, he and the Geats carry it back to Herot

12 The Last Battle Beowulf is honored by Hrothgar, then returns to Geatland where he rules as king for 50 years Now an old man, a dragon menaces his kingdom

13 The Last Battle Beowulf tells his people that he will fight the fire- breathing dragon using his armor, which is no shame, since he will fight to the death if necessary

14 The Last Battle Beowulf and the dragon face off, but Beowulf’s weapons fail him and he realizes he is going to die. All the Geats run away, except Wiglaf

15 The Last Battle Wiglaf and Beowulf kill the dragon, but Beowulf is mortally wounded Beowulf asks Wiglaf to bring him the treasure that the dragon was guarding

16 The Spoils Wiglaf brings Beowulf the gold and treasure just as Beowulf is about to die Beowulf gives Wiglaf his necklace, helmit, rings, mail shirt, and as a sign that Wiglaf will be the new king Beowulf asks Wiglaf to build a towering tomb to honor him

17 The Farewell The Geats build the tower and mourn and PRAISE their perished leader Beowulf lives on…because he is the epic hero! He embodies the Anglo-Saxon warrior culture of bravery, strength, loyalty, a father’s good reputation, leadership to king, and goodness will triumph over evil!


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