How does Grendel's lair compare to Heorot figuratively and literally? How does Grendel's lair in Beowulf compare to Heorot?

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This is a great question. At first glace, there seems to be nothing in common between Heorot and Grendel's lair. Heorot is bright, covered in hammered gold and designed for celebration. It stands high in the land, "towering magestic" (according to Raffell's translation), and shines with the glory of the Danes. Grendel's lair, on the other hand, is underwater, dark, and...

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