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Grendel | Study Guide

John Gardner

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Grendel | Character Map

The dragon Greedy, cold creature; nihilistic Enemies Spouses Nephew Object of desire Object of curiosity Enemies Family Teacher Grendel Monster; searches for meaning Wealtheow Danish queen; brings joy and balance to the Danes The Shaper Court minstrel; his powerful storytelling defines the Danes Unferth Frustrated hero; defeated and humiliated Hrothulf Wants to rule Hrothgar Danish king; brings peace and prosperity to the Danes Grendel's mother Clingy and fearful; nonverbal
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