In Beowulf, how long does it take Beowulf to reach the bottom of the lake before the fight with Grendel's mother?

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The exact amount of time is not specificed:

He leaped into the lake, would not wait for anyone's

Answer; the heaving water covered him

Over. For hours he sank through the waves;

At last he saw the mud of the bottom

It took Beowulf several hours or perhaps even more to reach Grendel. Deeds such as this one develop Beowulf as mythical hero, emphasizing his great strength, endurance, and resolve.