Chapter 1* Beowulf arrives in Denmark on a mission to slay Grendel, the monster that Hrothgar the King has been unable to defeat for twelve years. * After a great feast, Beowulf and the other warriors sleep in Heorot, the grand hall. * While the warriors sleep, Grendel attacks and devours one warrior. * Beowulf fights Grendel and rips the monster's arm off, delivering a fatal wound. * Hrothgar holds a great celebration of Beowulf's victory.
Chapter 2* Grendel's mother, bent on revenge, attacks the warriors at Heorot and snatches one of them while Beowulf sleeps. * The next morning, Hrothgar tells Beowulf about the attack and describes the terrible journey Beowulf will have to take to get to the lair of Grendel's mother. * Beowulf sets off toward the lair with his sword, Hrunting, in hand. * Beowulf dives into the lake of fire at the bottom of which is the hall where Grendel's mother lives...
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