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The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Chapter Summary & Analysis - Epic: Beowulf Summary

Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Epic: Beowulf Summary

"Beowulf" is an epic poem about Beowulf, king of the Geats. The first part of the poem takes place when Beowulf is a young and unproven warrior, while the later portion describes Beowulf's last battle, when he has been king for a long time. The story starts out by describing the plight of Hrothgar, king of the Danes. Hrothgar resides in Heorot, the most splendid hall in all the land, with his many retainers. One night they are visited by a horrible monster from the deep. This monster is a descendant of the Biblical character Cain. This monster's name is Grendel, and Grendel forces his way in to Heorot while all the men are passed out from drinking. Grendel makes off with thirty men, leaving a trail of blood. After eating these men, Grendel continues to ravage the countryside, often visiting Heorot, until there are...

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