Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon are all Beowulf’s enemies who all wreck
havoc on innocent people. This causes the Geat warrior Beowulf, to come and fight them up until
his death in battle.
When Beowulf is at a young, strong age, all he wants to do is fight and seem larger than life to everyone around him and to those who hear his story. The first monster he encounters is a demon named Grendel. Grendel wreaks havoc on Danish warriors being jealous that he is a spawn of Cain which causes him to be forced to drift around the world with no companions and be alone forever (Bodek). Grendel’s family lives in middle earth and all they do is plan and attack man (Lee). Grendel is mad at all humans and instead of trying to make peace, for which he has no reason to, eventually, he decides to kill (Irving). The torture Grendel had been putting on Herot had grown so popular; stories were traveling to other countries (Beowulf).
Because stories had traveled all over, Beowulf soon hears about the torture put on the innocent people. Beowulf, being full of him, tries to prove his heroism by fighting in dangerous ways that often does not prove his heroism (Vaught). With this mindset, Beowulf decides to fight Grendel with no armor, weapons, or help. The night before, a great party is held in the meed hall to draw Grendel out of his hole in the ground. Everyone there is interested in Beowulf’s travels and previous victories. As Beowulf tells his tale, he then trusts himself and is no longer afraid or nervous about his encounter with Grendel (Tolkien).
When Grendel finally shows up at the meed hall, no words are exchanged. Beowulf, completely bare, goes on the attack. The fight between Beowulf and Grendel is an all out fight to the death. Neither one had weapons but with Grendel being a demon and Beowulf having the strength of thirty men, they did not need any. The fight was a very violent transaction. Both man and demon suffered. Eventually, Grendel discovers that he is losing the fight he tries to flee and get away. When Beowulf understands what is happening he tries to prevent Grendel from escaping. As the battle intensity increases, Grendel, still struggling to get away allows Beowulf to take advantage of the opportunity and cuts off Grendel’s arm. When Beowulf defeats Grendel, he takes his right arm and keeps it as a trophy (Culbert).
With Grendel mortally wounded but not dead, Beowulf knows he will have to go and finish the job. In addition, because Beowulf knew Grendel was not the only of his kind, he would have to face a new enemy that was bigger and stronger than anything he had faced before. As Grendel comes home to his mother armless and finds out about Beowulf and her sons defeat, Grendel’s mother comes out of the wood works with the spirit of Cain to destroy Heorot (Lee). It is not long after that Beowulf and Grendel’s mother prepare themselves for a tremendous battle.
Beowulf’s first enemy in the story, Grendel, lives in a place no...