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Grendel Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 9 Summary

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Chapter 9 Summary

As the narration proceeds to December, Grendel sees death all around him. Dead trees, wolves and starving deer bring a strange sense of foreboding. Snow angels made by children seem like omens of bad things to come. Grendel is afraid.

Grendel watches a hunter track a male deer, or hart. Time seems to stop as the hunter meets the deer. As the hunter slowly draws his bow and kills the deer, Grendel imagines time becoming a rush for the deer. The image clings to Grendel's mind like a riddle.

Grendel observes the chants of the priests at the circle of images of the gods outside the meadhall. They pray for the "Great Destroyer" to kill Grendel, their enemy. Grendel waits, arms crossed, but he is not killed. He notices that the religion is outdated and half forgotten. Only the weak follow the rituals of the...

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