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What do Hrothgar and his council do to try to save the Guest Hall in "Beowulf"?

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krissylove | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM via web

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What do Hrothgar and his council do to try to save the Guest Hall in "Beowulf"?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Hrothgar has many warriors sleep there at night to try to guard the  "Great Hall" from being raided again, but this always fails.  Each night, more soldiers are slaughtered and Hrothgar puts more in their places; however, this does not work because those are also killed and the pattern keeps repeating itself. eNotes adds:

Grendel haunts the hall by night for twelve years. The Danes despair of ridding themselves of him. They can neither defeat him nor come to terms with him.

Because they cannot defeat them, they become exasperated.  Beowulf hears of their troubles and decides to come save them from Grendel.

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