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Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother

(A Short Description of the Passage)

Beowulf sees Grendel's mother in a cave. He tries to hit her with his sword, Unferth's Hrunting, but it fails to pierce her skin. So he throws the sword away and attacks the mother with his bare hands. He trusts "in his strength, his mighty hand-grip." Beowulf manages to throw Grendel's mother down; however, she quickly retaliates and is soon sitting on top of him. She tries to kill him with a dagger, but Beowulf's armor protects him this time. Beowulf managed to throw her off of himself and sees a sword of enormous size, which he immediately grabs.

This sword has a beautiful ornamented handle and a blade that is hinting that this is not an average sword. It …show more content…

Kennings and Other Elements
(Definitions, Identifications, and Explanations of Terms in the Passage)


Grendel's Mother - She is a woman with character. She is a beast with claws who fights pretty well. She is vicious and ill-tempered. All she wants is to avenge the death of her son killed by Beowulf. Sometimes she is called a Troll-wife. She dwells at the bottom of a mere in a cave.

Beowulf - He is strong; he is able to lift that which only four men can lift together - Grendel's head). Besides the head, he is able to lift the sword made by and for giants and fight with it. He is resolute, does not lose his coolness even though he is weaponless. He is pious, assigns all his victories to God's help. He is son of Ecgtheow, nephew of Hygelac, and later king of the Geats.


Light-of-battle Sword
Fighting-gear, battle-gear Body armor
Battle-sweat Blood
Life would have ended [...] Would have died under wide earth Handle
Hilt Lake, pond, swamp


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