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Whom does Grendel's mother kill?

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Posted June 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM via iOS

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Whom does Grendel's mother kill?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Grendel's mother sneaks into Herot and kills Æschere (or Esher), who is described as one Hrothgar's favorite thanes, and a close associate of his. Hrothgar thus asks Beowulf to go and avenge the man's death. This Beowulf promptly does, following her to her lair in a nearby lake There Grendel's mother drags him to the bottom, taking him into her lair. Protected by his mail, he kills her with a magic sword, wielded by giants, that he spies in the hall. In the process, he severs the head of the corpse of Grendel as a trophy. Thus the king's liegeman is avenged, and Beowulf gains even more glory.


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