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2 CharactersBeowulfEcgtheow's son, who is strong in mind and body. He is a true hero and a superman. He backs up his extraordinary feats with a powerful sense of social responsibility and morality. He is also engaging and humane.GrendelMonster of the muddy seas who kills warriors for his own entertainment and to satisfy his hunger.HrothgarThe king of the Danes, A very just man, he never goes back on his promises and always praises brave and capable heroes. He wishes to make peace with the Heathobards.WiglafA young and brave Geat who is part of Beowulf's retinue. He helps Beowulf slay the dragon when the rest of the men run away. He also conveys Beowulf's last message to his people.
3 GrendelA powerful monster, living down in the darkness, growled in pain as he heard the warriors laughing, talking and singing in the mead hall. It was clear that they were happy and that made Grendel mad.When darkness came, Grendel, went to the mead hall, Herot. He found them sleeping and dreaming, suspecting nothing. There he snatched up thirty men in his claws, smashing them in their beds. Grendel ran out of the building back to his lair with their dead bodies dripping with blood. There he ate each and everyone of them.In the morning, Hrothgar the king, sadly mourned his dead friends and companions. He wept, fearing this would not be the end of the monster’s attacks.That night, Grendel was back to gather more men to quench his lust for evil. Each warrior tried to escape his grip, only few fled to safety. Hate had won.
4 Knowing that his men were attacked at night in their beds, the king closed Herot for 12 years to try to avoid Grendel’s murders.Grendel continued to kill innocent men. However, he never dared touch the king and his throne that was thought to be protected by God.The king and his men tried to come up with a solution to end Grendel’s torturous deeds. Word traveled overseas of this monster, Grendel. Others heard how this beast brutally killed the Danes stealing their lives and their bodies to satisfy his hunger for food and hatred.
6 BeowulfOne day, Beowulf who had heard of the trouble the Danes were having gathers 14 of his bravest and mightiest Geat warriors and travels over the seas to Denmark hoping to convince Hrothgar that they will conquer Grendel.When they arrive, Beowulf, dressed in his chained armor speaks respectfully to the king and proclaims that he is the greatest warrior who ever lived. He boasts about all the giants he has captured and all the monsters he has slain in the past. He convinces the king that he and Grendel were fated to battle each other. He pleads to the king to allow this battle before Grendel attacks again and fills his belly with more of Hrothgar’s men. Beowulf tells the king that he will fight Grendel without weapons since Grendel does not use any. If Beowulf fails, due to fate, he wants his armor to be sent back to his uncle.Hrothgar accepts Beowulf’s offer to fight Grendel. But first, he and the other Danes toast to welcome Beowulf and his men with a feast and plenty to drink.
9 The Battle with Grendel Grendel goes to Herot, the mead hall and sees many men sleepingHe grabs one, kills him, drinks his blood and bolts him down (eats him)He then grabs at Beowulf but is challengedGrendel becomes fearful and thinks about running awayBeowulf grabs Grendel’s claws and cracks them in his fistThey battle it out but Herot, the mead hall, continues to stand because it was built to withstand battle and other damaging affects except fireSuddenly, the soldiers become terrified because Grendel shrieks out in painBeowulf’s men try to help defend Beowulf but their swords are uselessBeowulf rips off Grendel’s arm and shoulderGrendel runs away but later dies in his denBeowulf hangs Grendel’s shoulder, arm and claw from the ceiling rafters to represent a war trophyGrendel bleeds to death back in his den in the sea
14 Grendel’s MotherShe lives in the bottom of the lakeGrendel’s mother comes to Herot and kills Hrothgar’s best friendShe takes Grendel’s clawReasons for taking the claw: a symbol of revenge, it is highly valued by Beowulf and the Danes, it belonged to her son and she is grieving his death, she is too cowardly to stay and seek real revengeHrothgar asks Beowulf to defend the Danes against Grendel’s motherBeowulf accepts the challenge
15 The Battle with Grendel’s Mother Beowulf leaps into the lake and illustrates supernatural characteristics when he swims underwater for hours to “Mom’s” home in the lakeAnother female monster tries to tear into Beowulf but cannotShe carries him into an area where even more seas monsters try to kill himBeowulf remains unharmed as he reaches “the water witch”Beowulf is given an heirloom sword to fight Grendel’s motherThis sword proves to be ineffectiveBeowulf’s pride and desire for fame keeps him fighting herThey battle without weaponsMom throws him down and straddles over himShe tries unsuccessfully to kill him with a used dagger but his armor and God’s will saves him
17 Beowulf grabs a huge magical sword off the wall and cuts off Grendel’s mother’s head He sees the body of Grendel and chops off his head even though he knows he is already deadBeowulf’s sword then melts – symbolic for the end of Beowulf’s battle and/or because it is tainted with evil bloodMeanwhile, the elders on land above the lake think Beowulf has been killed by Mom when they see the bloody waterThe men are relieved when they see him emerge from the waterThey carry his helmet and armored shirtFour other men struggle to carry Grendel’s head on a spearHowever, Beowulf is able to carry the skull by the hair himself to show Hrothgar, the king
20 Beowulf’s Last BattleFifty years have passed since the battle with Grendel’s motherBeowulf is now king of the Geats since his uncle and cousin have diedThings have been peaceful and prosperous until a dragon begins to terrorize the GeatsBeowulf, still strong and confident, confronts the dragon in its towerIn the tower, the dragon guards jewels and other valuable itemsThe dragon breaths smoke and fire at the tower entrance causing Beowulf to roar a battle cry that angers the dragonThe dragon approaches Beowulf and Beowulf draws his sword and shield to protect himselfThe heat of the fire finally melts Beowulf’s shieldThen his sword breaks off in the dragon’s sideBeowulf becomes surrounded by flamesHis fellow warriors do not help him but run awayHowever, Wiglaf recalls how he and the others promised they would come to Beowulf’s aid, if neededWiglaf’s tries to motive the others into action
24 The Death of Beowulf Wiglaf and Beowulf together kill the dragon Wounded in the neck by the dragon, Beowulf speaks unremorseful about his life coming to an endHis only regret is that he does not have a son to leave his crown toThe dying Beowulf tells Wiglaf to gather the dragon’s treasure and gold from the towerWiglaf finds piles of gold, precious gems, jewelry, etcHe gathers up as much as he can carry to show Beowulf before he diesBeowulf tells Wiglaf that he will become king of the Geats upon his deathHe wants his tomb to be built at the water’s edge so that it will serve as a beacon and light for ships and he can continue to serve his people even in his death because he can “watch” over themThe other warriors shamefully and sorrowfully come out to see Beowulf’s body as Wiglaf scolds them for being such cowards
26 The Geats built Beowulf’s tower in ten days Mourning BeowulfThe Geats built Beowulf’s tower in ten daysAll the treasures that he and Wiglaf acquired from the battle with the dragon were buried in the ground by the tomb12 of the bravest Geats ride on horseback around Beowulf’s tomb mourning his death and praising him with stories of love and admiration for their beloved kingSo, the story continues to be told over and over again about the heroic Beowulf
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