Beowulf Questions

Beowulf Questions

Beowulf Questions

Companion Questions for BEOWULF- Chapters II- XVI

1. What does the poet tell us about Grendel?s origins

The poet tells us that Grendal is a descendant of Cain who slew his brother Abel (children of Adam and Eve) for this reason the Lord drove Cain far way from mankind. From Cain came all that is evil, including Grendel.

2. Why does Heorot remain empty for 12 years
One night the Grendel went to Heorot and slaughtered 30 men. He did this repeatedly and the men were powerless against the beast. This torment continues for 12 years leaving the Heorot empty.

3. Explain why Grendal does not touch King Hrothgar?s throne. What does Hrothgar resort to in an effort to save his guest-hall
Grendel does not touch King Hrothgar?s throne for fear of the Lord and what he might so to him. Hrothgar resorts to setting a guard at the front of the hall as a ?hall-guardian.?

4. What is Beowulf?s motive for traveling to Hrothgar?s Country What does he and his men so upon their arrival
Beowulf has heard about Grendal and wants to help Hrothgar defeat it. Upon their arrival to the kingdom, Beowulf introduces himself, states his reason for being there, and asks to meet with the King. Once

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