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Grendel Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 4 Summary

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Chapter 4 Summary

As fall approaches, Grendel is angry and dissatisfied. He looks at Hrothgar's greatest meadhall, Hart, and takes credit for the mournful songs that the Shaper now sings and the fact that, for twelve years, the boy who accompanies the Shaper has known nothing but tragedy. Grendel then describes how, earlier, the Shaper's song led Hrothgar to build Hart high on a hill, near the giants' old fortress. Workmen from all over came to build the meadhall. After weeks of labor, Hrothgar, King of the Danes, celebrated the hall's completion in front of foreign kings with a song from the Shaper. Grendel tells himself the song and the new meadhall are ridiculous, but he cannot totally deny Hrothgar's assertion of goodness. His mind is torn, wondering if the Shaper's song has actually changed the men from betrayers into peaceable people.

Grendel seems to hear an echoing, "Why...

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