What details show the strength of Grendel? His evil intentions?

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Grendel' strength is evident in the description of his first attack on the Danes, when he takes thirty men in one fell swoop with him for a "banquet of bodies." As well, the fact that Grendel's reputation travels as far as to reach Beowulf means that Grendel's strength is famed, and he is a creature so terrifying that word has traveled quickly amongst the humans in the general vicinity.

From the start of the poem, Grendel's evil intentions are made clear by his kinship with other demonic creatures. In lines 100–110 of the epic poem, the speaker emphasizes Grendel's clear association with "the kin of Cain" and with the "unspeakable offspring" of Cain's clan. This connection with "ogres and elves and spirits from the underworld" makes Grendel evil by inheritance. As well, Grendel's first attack on the Danes takes place at night, while they are sleeping. His decision to attack while the Danes are vulnerable suggests that he does not fight honorably, a choice which emphasizes his evil nature.

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Surprisingly little is said in Beowulf about Grendel's character and physical attributes. However, it is clear that Grendel is very strong and has purely evil inclinations. We are told that he first decided to attack King Hrothgar's Great Hall after hearing the king's bard sing a song glorifying God. As an evil demon, anything praising God would greatly upset him. In this case, it sent him on a murderous rampage. Furthermore, Grendel is a descendant of Cain from the Bible, the first murderer. As such, he contains that same killer instinct and is hated by God.

We know that he possesses a great amount of strength as he spends his nights tearing Danish warriors limb from limb. The Danes themselves are described as being mighty warriors. For Grendel to invoke so much fear and commit so much carnage, he must also be incredibly strong. Grendel is described as being larger than any mortal man and possessing fearsome claws for ripping humans apart.

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