Why doesn't Grendel touch King Hrothgar's throne?

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melas04 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A king is a position that is believed to bring that person closer to God.

Grendel is supposedly the spawn of Cain (from the Bible, Cain is the first man to commit murder by killing his brother). Therefore, in religious terms, Grendel will not dare touch the thrown, because, in turn, that is too close a step to God.