The battle with Grendel, Beowulf begins with the story of Hrothgar, who constructed the great hall Herot for himself and his warriors. In it his wife Wealtheow, and his warriors spend their time singing and celebrating. Grendel, a troll like monster said to be descended from the biblical Cain, is pained by the sounds of joy. Grendel attacks the hall and kills and devours many of Hrothgar’s warriors while they sleep. Hrothgar and his people abandon Herot. Beowulf finds Grendel’s mother he dives for hours to the muddy bottom of the lake.Beowulf was a great warrior in the land of the Danes and Geats. He defeated Grendel and Grendel’s mother early in his life. Fifty years have passed

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