Monsters - Hrunting Beowulf receives the ancient sword from...

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Monsters Grendel  A descendant of the biblical Cain, the enormous ogre despises mankind's joy. He menaces  Hrothgar and the Danes for 12 years before facing Beowulf in battle. Grendel's mother  Although not as powerful as her son, she is a formidable foe. She and her son  live in a cave beneath a swampy lake (or mere) where she battles Beowulf. Dragon  Guarding a treasure-trove in Geatland, he is angered when a fugitive steals a single gold- plated flagon. His raids throughout the countryside lead to a battle with Beowulf, the king's last. Two Men, Three Swords, and a Great Mead-Hall Breca  A royal member of the Brondings, he and Beowulf engaged in a swimming contest against  each other as adolescents, which Unferth claims Beowulf lost. Weland  The legendary, magical blacksmith who made Beowulf's armor.
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Unformatted text preview: Hrunting Beowulf receives the ancient sword from Unferth and uses it, albeit unsuccessfully, against Grendel's mother. Naegling Beowulf's own mighty sword is ineffective in the fight with the fiery dragon. Magical Giant Sword Beowulf miraculously finds this wonderful weapon in the underwater cave and uses it to kill Grendel's mother. It melts down to the hilt after Beowulf uses it to decapitate Grendel's corpse. Beowulf presents the hilt to Hrothgar along with Grendel's head. Heorot Hrothgar's mead-hall is more like a palace, symbolizing his and the Scyldings' success. Grendel sees it as a symbol of mankind's joy and delights in raiding and capturing it nightly....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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