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Where does Grendel's mother live?

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cck2010 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2008 at 9:20 AM via web

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Where does Grendel's mother live?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 7, 2008 at 10:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Grendel's mother lived in a cave. To get to it, Beowulf had to swim down into a lake. The cave is the inverted version of the hall where the men slept. It too is a battlehall, and full of meaningful trophies, but rather than being full of friendly people, it is full of strange, dark, and magical creatures, all of which assault Beowulf.

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kirstens | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 8, 2008 at 10:27 AM (Answer #2)

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Grendel's mother lives in a lair at the bottom of the swamp.  In order to get to it, Beowulf must swim underwater for what seems like hours.  Interestingly, this underwater lair is reminiscent of hell - with demons, creatures, and evil lurking all around. 

When Beowulf reaches this underwater lair, it is a lot like a battle hall, but somewhat empty.  The creatures that attacked Beowulf were mostly in the water leading up to this lair.  The only important items that are present happen to be Grendel's mother and the sword forged by giants. 

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