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In Beowulf, how does Grendel die?

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lauren121 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM via web

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In Beowulf, how does Grendel die?

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sncreley | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM (Answer #1)

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See chapter 12

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 10, 2013 at 9:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Chapter twelve of Beowulf describes the battle between Beowulf and Grendel. In this battle, Grendel realizes that he is outmatched by Beowulf's strength. Unfortunately, he realizes this too late and departs Heorot without one of his arms. Grendel, "sick unto his death," returns to his den in the dark recesses of the moors.

Later, in chapter twenty-three, Beowulf again faces Grendel. This time, Grendel proves to be of no worry. Grendel has died from the injuries Beowulf gave him during their battle in Heorot. Regardless of the lack of life in Grendel, Beowulf, wishing to "promptly repay" him for all of the hardships he put on Hrothgar, split the body of Grendel open and removed his head.

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