In the Longman Anthology of British Literature (Fourth Edition), Lines 691-696 of Beowulf read as follows:
Not one of them thought he would thence be departing
ever to set eyes on his own country,
the home that nourished him, or its noble people;
for they had heard how many men of the Danes
death had dragged from the drinking hall.
To paraphrase these lines in simple language, the Geats (Beowulf's men) believed that once they entered the mead-hall to wait for Grendel to appear, they would never leave it again because they had heard of all of the Danish men (also known as the Scyldings) who had lost their...
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