Grendel narrates a dramatic dialogue of what follows. Like the ram from the beginning of the novel, the goat symbolizes the indifference of nature, as it mindlessly propels itself toward its own death, not unlike how Grendel will soon go to his own death at the hands of Beowulf. For 12 years, the evil monster Grendel has been attacking people in Denmark and eating the king's soldiers. Fifty years then go by. Grendel sees a messenger go announce the death to a woman the Shaper was particularly fond of.
Grendel teases Ork, asking him what he knows about the King of the Gods. The true nature of evil is twofold: first, it is time itself, which causes everything to fade and perish; second, it is the mere fact that one, in being a certain thing, cannot be anything else—thus automatically excluding a host of alternatives. Then time speeds up--the deer crumples to the ground and abruptly dies. She's literally living underground with only red fire for light, she's fat and foul, and she's plagued by nightmares. The Danes have a pantheon of gods who are specific and nature-based—a wolf-god, a bull-god, and so on—but they also elevate one deity, the Destroyer, above all others. The audience, particularly Hrothgar and , seem unmoved. Grendel watches as life goes on almost automatically among the Scyldings.
He is very excited that Ork has seen the Destroyer. It's all ritual, with no feeling behind it. Lustily took he banquet and beaker, battle-famed king. Blithe to mead go he that listeth, when light of dawn this morrow morning o'er men of earth, ether-robed sun from the south shall beam! It is now December, dark and cold. One dark night, at midnight, Grendel sits in the center of the circle of the icons.
His senses have grown less acute, and he has a brief vision of the sun as a black revolving sphere covered with spiders. We learn that, in fact, this isn't our narrator's first time there. He creates a beautiful philosophy out of nothing, pouring all his desires for the ideal god into his descriptions. He rips up a tree and rolls the log down at the goat. The true evil in the world, Ork claims, is nothing as specific or limited as hatred, suffering, or death.
If you tried to read Beowulf in Old English, you'd find it very hard to understand! He hurls a boulder at it, but it keeps climbing. Of night-fought battles ne'er heard I a harder 'neath heaven's dome, nor adrift on the deep a more desolate man! This new world has no Shaper, and thus no true creativity. The priests ask what Ork is doing. Grendel no longer feels like killing them, and leaves. No wise of thee have I heard men tell such terror of falchions, bitter battle. The novel begins in springtime, a time of rebirth and new possibilities; now, as we move into the final section of the novel, we approach winter, a time of death. The priest is terrified and bows down to pray, introducing himself as Ork.
Grendel hits it with a stone, cracking its skull, but still the goat climbs. They have a circle of carven gods, some wood and others stone, which Grendel once destroyed. Crying children come out of the hall and grab her hands and dress, and Grendel pictures himself doing the same. He would like to go to the dragon, but he can't. After several days of speeches, Hrothgar returns to his village with his new gifts.
Nowise had they bliss from their booty then to devour their victim, vengeful creatures, seated to at bottom of sea; but at break of day, by my brand sore hurt, on the edge of ocean up they lay, put to sleep by the sword. The priests, by worshiping a god called the Destroyer, whose sole purpose is to annihilate Grendel, appear to be summoning Beowulf himself. Grendel pretends to be the greatest god, the Destroyer. At midnight, Grendel sits in the middle of the ring of statues, thinking of all the Scyldings who are tossing and turning in their agitated attempts to sleep. Years ago, Grendel remembers, he destroyed their holy place, smashing their statues. No, it's not a , but how awesome would it be if it were? One night, Grendel is sitting in the circle of graven gods when an old priest named arrives. Chapter 9 Summary In a cold and dark December, observes the changing religious practices of the Scyldings.
In this bloody adventure story, we learn about good, bad, and what makes someone a hero. Grendel senses that there is a riddle in the image, but he cannot puzzle it out. None of them believe that Ork talked to God, and they are all preoccupied with being proper and holy in every way. GradeSaver, 8 December 2010 Web. He recalls once having destroyed the images of the gods.
I sense some riddle in it. Chapter 10 Summary Grendel discovers a mountain goat climbing up toward his mere. He's been terrorizing for almost 12 years. I wrecked the place, broke up the wooden gods like kindling and toppled the gods of stone. The priests, using a language closer to Grendel's than to the Danes', pray to each of their many gods.
Grendel himself reacts to the death of the Shaper by pondering his own insane mother, wondering why she seems to know things from time to time even though he is aware of her total imbecility. Could this have backfired more on Grendel? He watches a goat climb the rock cliffs near his lair. In 1731, the place where the manuscript was being held had a fire, but luckily Beowulf did not get ruined. Though Grendel has every intention of murdering the priest, he bides his time and asks the old priest, who is named Ork, what he knows about the Destroyer. To fight back, Hrothgar brings together men from all the towns he controls and forms an army. For Wyrd oft saveth earl undoomed if he doughty be! Grendel asks him what he knows about the king of the gods. Through the hall then went the Helmings' Lady, to younger and older everywhere carried the cup, till come the moment when the ring-graced queen, the royal-hearted, to Beowulf bore the beaker of mead.