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Grendel | Characters

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Character Description
Grendel Grendel is a monster whose ongoing isolation drives him to wage war on the humans in Hrothgar's kingdom. Read More
Hrothgar Hrothgar is the powerful and violent king of the Danes who later tries to establish peace and rid his kingdom of Grendel's presence. Read More
Grendel's mother Grendel's mother is barely verbal, but she is fiercely protective, with a clinginess Grendel finds repelling. Read More
The dragon The dragon is an ancient serpent, weary of time and knowing all things past and future, including his own death to come and other creatures' thoughts; he jealously guards his precious treasure of gold and jewels. Read More
Hrothulf Hrothgar's nephew, Hrothulf, wants to rule the kingdom, and the young man's ambition to take the throne leads to tension with his uncle.
Ork Ork is the oldest of Hrothgar's priests, and his encounter with Grendel, whom Ork knows only as the "Great Destroyer," affirms his beliefs about the gods.
First priest The first priest is one of three who disagree with Ork's assessment of his meeting with the "Great Destroyer," questioning whether it even really happened; the priests are more concerned with their reputations and positions than with seeking truth.
Second priest The second priest is one of three who disagree with Ork's assessment of his meeting with the "Great Destroyer," questioning whether it even really happened; the priests are more concerned with their reputations and positions than with seeking truth.
Third priest The third priest is one of three who disagree with Ork's assessment of his meeting with the "Great Destroyer," questioning whether it even really happened; the priests are more concerned with their reputations and positions than with seeking truth.
Fourth priest The fourth priest arrives after Ork has a conversation with the "Great Destroyer." The priest believes Ork's meeting happened, and he blesses Ork and takes the meeting as a sign of hope.
The Shaper Grendel calls the court's minstrel the Shaper because his songs and stories influence Hrothgar and his men in profound ways; through these stories, the Shaper creates the reality in which the court lives.
The stranger The stranger who arrives from a foreign land is never named, but the source material for the novel indicates this hero is Beowulf; he humiliates Grendel during battle and tears off his arm with his bare hands, and Grendel slinks away to die alone from his wounds.
Unferth Unferth, Hrothgar's great hero at court, confronts Grendel during one of his first attacks on the meadhall; Grendel mocks Unferth's ideas about heroism. and humiliates him by refusing to kill him when Unferth follows Grendel to his cave.
Wealtheow The young and beautiful Wealtheow, given in marriage to an aging Hrothgar, brings joy to the court and becomes an object of Grendel's fascination.
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