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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For other uses, see Grendel (disambiguation).
Grendel is a monster in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, feared by all save Beowulf himself. Within the poem, he is described by many different terms: orc, ent, ettin, and scather not the least of them.
Grendel is a descendant of the biblical Cain, the first murderer. In Beowulf, Grendel haunts Heorot, the mead-hall of the Danes, and eats men too drunk to defend themselves. Beowulf leaves Geatland to defeat the monster bare-handed.
Later, Grendel's mother, who is more powerful than Grendel, attempts to take revenge for the death of her son, but is killed by Beowulf.
A similar story appears in Hrólf Kraki's saga. Beowulf's cognate Bödvar Bjarki leaves Geatland and arrives at the Danish court. There he kills a beast that has been terrorizing the Danes for two years.


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