Okay there are two main points in this reading that I would like to discuss. Here’s the first quote:
Then the king ordered Herot cleaned
And hung with decorations: hundreds of hands
Men and women, hurried to make
The great hall ready. Golden tapestries
Were lined along the walls, for a host
Of visitors to see and take pleasure in.
This quote is describing how immensely grateful and happy the Danes are. They suffered very, very much with all of the deaths of the soldiers. The kind couldn’t take it anymore. Beowulf’s victory brought the kind great joy. All of his sorrow vanished. Hrothgar wants Beowulf and the men who came with him to know just how much he and the rest of his kingdom appreciates them, so he throws a huge banquet for Beowulf and gives him and his men fine gifts. When I read this, I immediately thought of the father throwing the banquet for the prodigal son. (Mrs. Najjarian!!!!!!!!! Is that a literary allusion??!!!?) No one in that hall is thinking anything devious or malicious. They are all genuinely happy. That brings me to my second point. What they don’t know is going on.
She’s taking revenge for your victory over Grendel,
For your strength, your mighty grip, and that monster’s
Death. For years he’d been preying on my people;
You came, he was dead in one single day,
And now there’s another one, a second hungry
Fiend, determined to avenge the first,
A monster willing and more than able
To bring us more sorrow—
Guess who Hrothgar is telling Beowulf about. Grendel’s mother. This cannot be good.
Hannah Thornton: A mother’s love holds fast and forever.
Quote from North and South, 2004
That just goes to show that Grendel’s mother is furious and wants to shred Beowulf to pieces. He very soon finds out that weapons have no effect on her. Beowulf has to fight her with his bare hands. Will Beowulf prevail again or will his fame come to an end, along with his life?
tatA for now,
ps, mrs najjarian….I see you.