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Name all the monsters that Beowulf encounters and defeats in the epic Beowulf.

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bi9bird7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM via web

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Name all the monsters that Beowulf encounters and defeats in the epic Beowulf.

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nflocke | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Beowulf encounter 3 monsters: Grendel, Grendel's Mother, and a dragon. All are defeatd by Beowulf, although the dragon managed to bite Beowulf's neck before dying. The venom from the bite eventually killed Beowulf after thier encounter.

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

Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM (Answer #3)

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The epic of Beowulf tells about the life of the epic hero Beowulf. Over the course of his life, Beowulf battles many different beasts and monsters. Beowulf speaks of five different monsters or beasts which Beowulf must fight.

Grendel--This is the monster attacking Hrothgar's mead hall (Heorot). Beowulf hears of Hrothgar's problem and travels to the Danelands to defeat the monster.

Grendel's mother--Grendel's mother, after attacking Heorot and killing Aeschere (Hrothgar's right hand man) in revenge for her son's death, fights Beowulf. Beowulf, after Hrunting fails, uses the sword of a giant to kill Grendel's mother.

Water Monsters/ Sea Beasts--Readers see these creatures twice, once in Beowulf's swimming challenge with Brecca and once in the den of Grendel's mother. Therefore, these creatures are counted twice. In his swimming challenge, Beowulf killed nine water monsters. In his battle with the sea beasts in Grendel's mother's den, Beowulf came across "many" of the beasts. An exact number is not given.

Dragon--The dragon was Beowulf's last foe. Although he is able to defeat the dragon, with the help of Wiglaf, Beowulf's injuries are fatal. This is the last time Beowulf will fight.

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cybercobera | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 6:27 AM (Answer #2)

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i thought that beowulf was killed by the fire from the dragon?

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