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.

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