Grendel

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For other uses, see Grendel (disambiguation).

Grendel is a monster in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, feared by all save Beowulf himself. Within the poem, he is described by many different terms: orc, ent, ettin, and scather not the least of them.

Grendel is a descendant of the biblical Cain, the first murderer. In Beowulf, Grendel haunts Heorot, the mead-hall of the Danes, and eats men too drunk to defend themselves. Beowulf leaves Geatland to defeat the monster bare-handed.

Later, Grendel's mother, who is more powerful than Grendel, attempts to take revenge for the death of her son, but is killed by Beowulf.

The same story appears in Hrólf Kraki's saga. Beowulf's cognate Bödvar Bjarki leaves Geatland and arrives at the Danish court. There he kills a beast that has been terrorizing the Danes for two years.

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