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Grendel is an enormous creature, supposedly half man, half beast. He is stronger than any other man, and in the text of Beowulf is described as a "creature of evil, grim and fierce, was quickly ready, savage and cruel, and seized from their rest thirty thanes ( Norton 28). Grendel has been attacking Heorot for twelve years causing Hrothgar, the King of the Danes, great distress.

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