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In Beowulf, how long does it take Beowulf to reach the bottom of the lake before the...

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i2happy | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2009 at 12:15 AM via web

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In Beowulf, how long does it take Beowulf to reach the bottom of the lake before the fight with Grendel's mother?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 28, 2009 at 12:54 AM (Answer #1)

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The exact amount of time is not specificed:

He leaped into the lake, would not wait for anyone's

Answer; the heaving water covered him

Over. For hours he sank through the waves;

At last he saw the mud of the bottom

It took Beowulf several hours or perhaps even more to reach Grendel. Deeds such as this one develop Beowulf as mythical hero, emphasizing his great strength, endurance, and resolve.

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