Heaney’s tripling summary of Grendel, the world’s fear and monster: a guilt-fouled fiend and a God-cursed brute with a hall-watcher’s hate. Thankfully, Beowulf is able to grapple him to death and so spare humanity his prowling horrors. We need more Beowulfs.
Source: Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (London: Faber & Faber, 2000 (1999)), p. 32. 6, 7.