Describe the battle between Beowulf and Grendel.  

The battle between Beowulf and Grendel is an intense scene and begins when Grendel attempts to devour Beowulf. Beowulf suddenly grabs Grendel by the arm and tightens his grip when the monster attempts to escape. Grendel begins to thrash wildly, and the two nearly destroy the mead hall during their struggle. The Geat soldiers try to intervene, but their weapons are useless. The violent battle ends when Beowulf tears Grendel's arm off, and the monster escapes the hall.

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The dramatic showdown between the great hero Beowulf and Grendel takes place in the magnificent Herot Hall, which Grendel has been terrorizing for twelve consecutive years. The audience has been anticipating this battle and knows that Beowulf will fight the God-forsaken beast without using weapons to prove his strength and valor. Grendel proceeds to tear the door off the hinges and immediately consumes a sleeping Geat warrior. Grendel then makes the mistake of grabbing Beowulf, who is ready to strike back. Beowulf suddenly clutches onto Grendel with an iron grip, proving that he is more powerful and dominant.

Rather than let go or flee from the mead hall, Beowulf tightens his grip and refuses to allow Grendel to escape. Grendel panics and struggles with all his might to break free from Beowulf's grip. Beowulf's grip is so tight that it crushes Grendel's talons, rendering them useless. During the course of their struggle, Grendel and Beowulf destroy the inside of Herot Hall, and Beowulf's...

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