SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. ", Grendel's is scared to accept the fact that he is fearful of the people however he would not confess, "They do not seem to realize that he is dead.". Grendel is looking at the thanes for the first time and he compares them to bulls. This statement is almost ironic because Grendel claims nothing is happening and all is boring, yet he still finds himself expecting something big to happen soon, "poor grendel's had an accident," I whisper. Grendel looks at Hrothgar as a fear because he is wiser than a snake and stronger then a tree. This is when, the plot changes because Grendel follows them and finds these armies together. "Then voices, speaking words. Grendel Quotes. Nourish and maintain this new connection, you noblest of men; there’ll be nothing you’ll want for, no worldly goods that won’t be yours. Lines 559-567: Beowulf’s swimming contest with Breca, in which he has to battle sea-monsters. It even explains the whole it had. it is the business of rams to be rams and of goats to be goats, the business of shapers to sing and of kings to rule. Some of them had shiny domes(as it seemed to me then) with horns coming out, like the bull's". What was he before? For twelve winters, seasons of woe, the lord of the Shieldings suffered under his load of sorrow; and so, before long, the news was known over the whole world. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). The monster’s whole body was in pain, a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder. Chapter 2, pg. So may you all'", when Grendel is dying he says this, he is saying he hopes all of the animals suffer like he did and have to go through the evil transformation that he did. The story goes that as the pair struggled, mead-benches were smashed and sprung off the floor, gold fittings and all. Nor did the creature keep him waiting but struck suddenly and started in; he grabbed and mauled a man on his bench, bit into his bone-lapping, bolted down his blood and gorged on him in lumps, leaving the body utterly lifeless, eaten up hand and foot. Visit to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. Quote 1: "Not that I fool myself with thoughts that I'm more noble." But you have made yourself immortal by your glorious action.’. . Important quotes from Chapter 8 in Grendel. Lines 99-101: Grendel is the personification of evil. As they did too, though vicious animals, cunning, cracked with theories. They all knew what was coming, though nobody believed it. Grendel Quotes Quotes Grendel Quotes. He praises Beowulf for his deeds, saying they have ensured his name will live forever. I hammer the ground with my fists. They were small, these creatures, with dead-looking eyes and gray-white faces, and yet in some ways they were like us, except ridiculous and, at the same time, mysteriously irritating, like rats. ‘If Grendel wins, it will be a gruesome day; he will glut himself on the Geats in the war-hall, swoop without fear on that flower of manhood as on others before. Significance- he threatens them an…, Scop to reader about Scyld. Can't you see that yourself? They'd map out roads through Hell with their crackpot theories, their here-to-the-moon-and-back lists of paltry facts. Beowulf was granted the glory of winning; Grendel was driven under the fen-banks, fatally hurt, to his desolate lair. And his glee was demonic, picturing the mayhem: before morning he would rip life from limb and devour them, feed on their flesh. Later, when Unferth fails to kill Grendel, he is proven to not be as heroic as he feels. And I shall fulfill that purpose, prove myself with a proud deed or meet my death here in the mead-hall.’. I understood that, finally and absolutely, I alone exist. I understood that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual, brute enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears. Chapter 1, pg. "The stranger's companions encircle us, useless words.". The body gaped at the stroke dealt to it after death: Beowulf cut the corpse’s head off. Also, grendel's notice that humans are not like animals they are like him. Fourteen years old and already a ********ed pretender?". But I was wrong; he was a new kind of Scylding. Significance- Christian overlay on…, Guard to Beowulf. Yet he, the old Shaper, might make it true, by the sweetness of his harp, his cunning trickery. We assign a color and icon like this one to each theme, making it easy to track which themes apply to each quote below. I have often honored smaller achievements, recognized warriors not nearly as worthy, lavished rewards on the less deserving. So much for the harvest-virgin. He is hasped and hooped and hirpling with pain, limping and looped in it. Quotes Grendel Quotes Then a fierce evil demon suffered distress, long in torment, who dwelt in darkness. Grendel's see the priest approaching the thanes and people with torches and grendel's describes the way they look. ‘Now Holy God has, in His Goodness, guided him here to the West-Danes, to defend us from Grendel. While Unferth likely felt proud to stand up to the creature who had been murdering his fellow men, Grendel turns Unferth’s sense of identity on his head by showing how selfish he appears to be in wanting to be a hero. "A swirl in the stream of time. Grendel finally encounters men, they start looking at him. Basically he is saying that he wants to "level the playing field" when he fights Grendel or that Grendel is immune to weapons. (Talking, talking. He was taller than others ; he stood out among his fellow this thing like a horse and a herd of cows. You drive them to poetry, science, religion, all that makes them what they are for as long as they last. This statement is almost ironic because Grendel claims nothing is happening and all is boring, yet he still finds himself expecting something big to happen soon Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, settle the outcome in single combat. Beowulf is speaking. The hall clattered and hammered, but somehow survived the onslaught and kept standing: it was handsomely structured, a sturdy frame braced with the best of blacksmith’s work inside and out. The monster wrenched and wrestled with him but Beowulf was mindful of his mighty strength, the wondrous gifts God had showered on him: he relied for help on the Lord of All, on His care and favor. Sinews split and the bone-lappings burst. I suffered a long harrowing by Grendel. This line means that he couldn't believe humans attacked humans. LitCharts makes it easy to find quotes by chapter, character, and theme. All were endangered; young and old Were hunted down by that dark death-shadow Who lurked and swooped in the long nights On the misty moors; nobody knows Where these reavers from Hell roam on their errands. Grendel was the name of this grim demon Haunting the marches, marauding round the heath And the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time In misery among the banished monsters, Cain’s clan, whom the creator had outlawed And condemned as outcasts. ", Grendel sees humans as stupid people, who say pointless, "From now on I'd stay clear of them. Strangers have come, and it's a whole new game. "They build the whole world out of teeth deprived of bodies to chew or be chewed on". The fact is, Unferth, if you were truly as keen and courageous as you claim to be Grendel would never have got away with such unchecked atrocity, attacks on your king, havoc in Heorot and horrors everywhere. But the Heavenly Shepherd can work His wonders always and everywhere… I adopt you in my heart as a dear son. In this quote not once does he say humans or people but just "them". For him, it is weird because he can actually understand them because it is his language but he is light headed. He is creeped out and does not know what they are speaking to him. Grendel saw that the thanes were hungry as if dogs however they did not move. I stamp. (with no respect). "Complexities: green dust as well as the regular kind. You make them think and scheme. Maybe he compares them to bulls because he foreshadowing the way he is going to be treated in the future. tags: disappointment, experience, life, love, maturity. You are, so to speak, the brute existent by which they learn to define themselves.". Lines 86-98: The threat to Heorot comes in the form of the demon Grendel maddened by the bard’s recitation of the story of creation in the hall. Grendel sees that Beowulf is very tall, and that the people that are following Beowulf are so much. I recall his laugh.). The dragon explains how these people have started wars to make lands and to build this world. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armo…, skillful, clever, tricky... (can relate to Odysseus), "Hear me! Significance- This quote is comparing the ol…, Scop to reader about Grendel. 6. Grendel is so annoyed with the shaper song because he talk of a man as if they were a god and that an where one go phosphorous it will be. "They talked nothing, stupidities, their soft voices groping.