In what line in the epic poem Beowulf do the Danes leave Beowulf when they think he is dead while fighting Grendel's mother?

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lusie0520 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I am not exactly sure which book you have, and that may affect the line number I give you.  When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel’s mother, the Danes accompany him to show him where she lives.  After Beowulf jumps in, everyone settles down to wait.  However, after some time, they see blood rising to the surface.  This is when the Danes decide there is no point in waiting.  It is obvious they believe Beowulf is dead.  I have this as line 566 in my book: “All the graybeards, whispered together/And said that hope was gone, that the hero/had lost fame and his life at once, and would never/ return to the living…”  and later, in line 574:  “The Danes gave up, left the lake/And went home.”

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