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					                  Beowulf
                Introduction
• Beowulf hears about
  Grendel.
• He was willing to go to
  Hrothgar and “save the
  day.”
• Beowulf brought 14 of
  the strongest men and
  brought them to help
  the Danes.
                        Beowulf
                      Introduction
• Beowulf and his men sail
  over the sea to the land of
  the Danes to offer help to
  Hrothgar.
• They are escorted by a
  Danish guard to Herot, where
  Wulfgar, one of Hrothgar’s
  soldiers, tells the king of their
  arrival.
• Hrothgar knows of Beowulf
  and is read to welcome the
  young prince and his men.
                    Beowulf
                  Introduction
• Beowulf explains that they have been hearing
  about Grendel living in the mead hall.

• He brags about all of the wonderful and
  courageous things he has done.
  – Fighting great giants
  – Hunting monsters
  – Killing death like an errand
              Beowulf- Vocab
                      Purge– 165

• That I, alone and with the help of my men,
  may purge all evil from this hall.

• Purge v: to cleanse or purify

• Sentence?
                  Beowulf
• Why do you think it is so important to Beowulf
  to fight Grendel without a sword?
              Beowulf- Vocab
                      Gorge

• …His plan will be what it has been before, to
  invade this hall and gorge his belly with our
  bodies…

• Gorge v: to stuff with food

• Sentence?
                   Beowulf
• What service did Hrothgar perform for
  Beowulf’s father?

• Lines 190-206.
                  Beowulf
• What service did Hrothgar perform for
  Beowulf’s father?

• Edgetho, Beowulf’s father, killed a Wulfing.
• He was kicked out of his country because his
  country was afraid of war.
• The king sent riches to the Wulfings to end the
  dispute; henceforth, saving Beowulf.
                 Beowulf
• They cheers and have a banquet in Beowulf’s
  honor because he is going to save the day!
             The Battle with Grendel
                  Introduction
• After the banquet, Hrothgar
  and his followers leave Herot,
  and Beowulf and his warriors
  remain to spend the night.

• Beowulf reiterates his intent
  to fight Grendel without a
  sword and, while his
  followers sleep, lies waiting,
  eager for Grendel to appear.
     Battle with Grendel– Vocab
• Threshold– the strip of wood or stone at the
  bottom of a doorway.
     Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                     Talon

• …Nothing could take his talons and himself
  from that tight hard grip…

• Talon n: a claw

• Sentence?
     Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                     Infamous

• The infamous killer fought for his freedom…

• Infamous adj: having a bad reputation;
  notorious

• Sentence?
          Battle with Grendel
• Why might he be trying to run away from
  Beowulf?
      Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                      Writhing

• That trip to Herot was a miserable journey for
  the writhing monster…

• Writhing adj.: twisting and turning in pain

• Sentence?
      Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                      Cowering

• … in new terror, cowering in their beds as the
  terrible screams of the Almighty’s enemy
  sang…

• Cowering adj.: Cringing in fear

• Sentence?
      Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                       Taut

• The tears torn out of Grendel’s taut throat…

• Taut adj.: pulled tight

• Sentence?
          Battle with Grendel
• Why do you think no weapons can hurt
  Grendel?
          Battle with Grendel
• Why do you think Beowulf hangs Grendel’s
  arm from the rafters?
     Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                     Murky

• … hidden deep in murky darkness his
  miserable end, as hell opened to receive him.

• Murky adj.: cloudy; gloomy

• Sentence?
      Battle with Grendel- Vocab
                      Pilgrimage

• … Turned back from that happy pilgrimage,
  mounted their hard-hooved horses, and rode
  them slowly toward Herot…

• Pilgrimage n.: A journey to a sacred place or
  with a lofty purpose

• Sentence?
          Battle with Grendel
• What role do poets seem to play in Beowulf’s
  society?
                  Reminder
• Bring your literature book to class tomorrow.

• Don’t forget craft supplies!

				
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