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Grendel the monster


Grendel is a fierce monster that acts as a major antagonist towards the hero Beowulf. Grendel is feared by all but Beowulf.


The offspring of Cain and a monstrous hag, Grendel is described as "a creature of darkness, exiled from happiness and accursed of God, the destroyer and devourer of our human kind". He is usually depicted as a monster or a giant, although his status as a son of Cain who is practically the first Nephilim to emerge through the union of Satan and Eve makes Grendel a being known only as an Elioud.


Grendel, being cursed as the descendant of Cain, is "harrowed" by the sounds of singing that come every night from the mead-hall of Heorot built by King Hrothgar which describe the "Almighty's" creation of the earth. He is unable to bear it anymore, and attacks Heorot. Grendel continues to attack the Hall every night for twelve years, killing its inhabitants and making this magnificent mead-hall unusable.