Beowulf and Grendel: The Hall Heorot Is Attacked By Grendel

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Beowulf and Grendel: The Hall Heorot Is Attacked By Grendel

Beowulf is one of the greatest surviving epic poems. It was composed by Germanic people more than twelve hundred years ago. Although it is written in Old English, it deals with the Scandinavian forebears of the Anglo-Saxons, the Danes and the Geats. This epic poem concerns itself with Christianity, internal and external evils, and the warriors defeating monsters.

The first passage of this story basically describes the building of Heorot. Hrothgar, decides to build a Valhalla-type of sanctuary for his warriors that he names "Heorot", or the Hall of the Hart (deer hall). This is in the first main passage of the story of Beowulf and this is the first place we find the theme of internal versus external evil. The passage implies that internal evil will ultimately destroy the hall, rather than being attacked by monsters: "The hall stood tall, high and wide-gabled: it would wait fierce flames of vengeful fire: the time was not yet at hand for sword-hate between son-in-law and father-in-law to awaken after murderous rage. "(Norton 28) This foreshadows the internal evil that will destroy the Danes. Another theme in this story is the theme of men versus monsters. This theme comes to light when Grendel is described: "The creature of evil, grim and fierce, was quickly ready, savage and cruel, and seized from their rest thirty thanes".(Norton 28)

Heorot is a drinking hall, where warriors gather for parties and to get drunk. Heorot is a creation of civilization made by Hrothgar, for men to gather as a meeting place and a place to sleep. Hrothgar builds the biggest hall ever made. Grendel then attacks the hall for twelve winters straight, destroying more and more men every night with no remorse, and the men are afraid to sleep in the hall, thinking that maybe Grendel will eat them. Grendel is a ruthless caniball: "I think that if he may accomplish it, unafraid he will feed on the folk of the Geats in the war-hall as he has often done on the flower of men."(Norton 32-33) Grendel is a savage, and he ruthlessly eats his victims. The Hall Heorot is a drinking hall, and most of the warriors stand no chance against Grendel. They are drunk and are not able to attack Grendel.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes beowulf as the hero of the epic poem, an ideal warrior, strong, and brave. his courage and skill help him vanquish grendel.
  • Narrates how hrothgar challenges beowulf's accompishment and accepts his superiority as a warrior and lends him his sword, hrunting.
  • Analyzes how hrothgar's queen tells beowulf to wear the ring and mail-shirt that the people had given him, and she asks him to protect her sons.
  • Explains that hrothgar's best-friend, retainer, and noble shield warrior, was killed by grendel’s mother when she went to heorot to avenge his death.
  • Describes beowulf as a savage canibal who terrorizes the hall heorot for twelve years and is killed by him.
  • Explains that she is a woman, monster wife, and war terror. she takes role of warrior when she venges her son's death.
  • Explains abrams, m. h. et al., the norton anthology of english literature, volume 1.
  • Analyzes how beowulf deals with christianity, internal and external evils, and the warriors defeating monsters.
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