Beowulf: Introduction to Chapter 9

In King Hrothgar’s hall, Beowulf wrestled with the monster Grendel, that had slain so many warriors there. Beowulf held its arm in an iron grip, as his men attacked fruitlessly with their blades. To escape, Grendel tore its arm from its body, fleeing, mortally wounded, to its home. When the Danes returned to their hall, they saw Grendel’s arm displayed there, and all were full of praise for Beowulf.