Note that Hrothgar delivers a long speech to Beowulf in lines 190–224. What values are reflected in the speech? the battle with grendel235 i OLD ENGLISH POETRY Reread lines 233–235. Notice that the translator uses punctuation to convey the effect of the midline pauses, orcaesuras, in the lines. In what 240 way does the rhythm created by the pauses reinforce the action recounted here? 245 50 unit 1: the anglo-saxon and medieval periods After the banquet, Hrothgar and his followers leave Herot, and Beowulf and his warriors remain to spend the night. Beowulf reiterates his intent to fight Grendel without a sword and, while his followers sleep, lies waiting, eager for Grendel to appear. Out from the marsh, from the foot of misty Hills and bogs, bearing God’s hatred, Grendel came, hoping to kill i Anyone he could trap on this trip to high Herot. He moved quickly through the cloudy night, Up from his swampland, sliding silently Toward that gold-shining hall. He had visited Hrothgar’s Home before, knew the way— But never, before nor after that night, Found Herot defended so firmly, his reception So harsh. He journeyed, forever joyless, Straight to the door, then snapped it open, Tore its iron fasteners with a touch 250 255 260 265
270 old. He strode quickly across the inlaid Floor, snarling and rkness, burned with a gruesome Light. Then he stopped, ping warriors, stuffed With rows of young soldiers resting e relished the sight, Intended to tear the life from those mind was hot With the thought of food and the feasting his hat night, intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones Of hiswere watching his evil steps, Waiting to see his swift hard st Geat He came to, ripped him apart, cut His body to bits d from his veins and bolted Him down, hands and feet; ame together, Snapping life shut. Then he stepped to wulf with his claws, Grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful d himself, claws Bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one 246 threshold: the strip of wood or stone at the bo275
280 285 That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime, th Had he met a man whose hands were harder; His mind was uld take his talons and himself from that tight Hard grip. From Beowulf, flee back to his marsh and hide there: This was a d emptied. But Higlac’s follower remembered his final Boast and, ter’s flight, fastened those claws In his fists till they cracked, mous killer fought For his freedom, wanting no flesh but retreat, aws Had been caught, he was trapped. That trip to Herot Was a monster! talon (tBlPEn) n. a claw 278–289 Up to this point Grendel has killed his huinfamous (GnPfE-mEs) adj. having a very bad reputation infamous (GnPfE-mEs) adj. having a very bad reputation beowulf 51 The 290 high hall rang, its roof boards swayed, And Danes shook with terror. Down The aisles the battle swept, angry And wild. Herot trembled, wonderfully Built to withstand the blows, the struggling 295 Great bodies beating at its beautiful walls; Shaped and fastened with iron, inside And out, artfully worked, the building Stood firm. Its benches rattled, fell To the floor, gold-covered boards grating 300 As Grendel and Beowulf battled across them.