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When Grendel was killed, Beowulf hung the monster's arm and claw from the rafters of Herot. Why does this "sky-terror," as ruthless as the "spawn of Cain" simply get pushed off a cliff?
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Could it simply be that Beowulf is about to die, and so his thoughts aren't on hacking apart his fallen enemy, but rather making sure the Geats do what he wants with regards to his funeral? I'm sure someone else can come up with some kind of metaphorical meaning behind it, but maybe Beowulf was just done and didn't want to bother hacking the tail off the dragon to hang somewhere.
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