The monster Grendel, that for twelve years had been slaying warriors by night in King Hrothgar’s hall, had been defeated by Beowulf. The people there rejoiced greatly, and Beowulf was rewarded with praise and gifts. But that night, another man was slain, the dearest companion of the king, for Grendel’s mother sought revenge. There was a great uproar, but none could injure or delay the monster in her retreat. Hrothgar lamented the death of his friend, and told Beowulf that the country-folk told stories of TWO monsters prowling the nearby moors.