that heroic code. Beowulf sticks to these norms from the very beginning as he comes across the Danes. He fights against Grendel and kills him after pledging that he will “settle the outcome in single combat.” These words resonate again when he goes to find Grendel’s mother●hilt-the handle of a weapon or tool, especially a sword, dagger, or knife.●berth-a ship's allotted place at a wharf or dock.●feat-an achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.●bard-a poet, traditionally one reciting epics and associated with a particular oral tradition●writhing-twisting and turning in pain●reparation-restoration; compensation
●massive-Large and heavy or solid.●loathsome-causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting●threshold/threshold guardian-sill of doorwayChecking for Understanding1. In line 334, what evidence supports the idea that the fight between Beowulf and Grendel is symbolic of the struggle between good and evil?2. What universal themes are conveyed by the descriptions of battles between Beowulf and Grendel and between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother?3. Why does Beowulf sail with his chosen companions to Hrothgar’s kingdom?