After Hrothgar became king he won many battles:his friends and familywillingly obeyed him;his childhood friendsbecame famous soldiers.
So Hrothgar decided he would build a mead-hall,the greatest the world had ever seen, or even imagined.There he would share outto young and old alikeall that God gave him(except for public lands and men's lives).
I have heard that orders went out far and wide;tribes throughout the worldset to work on that building.And it was built, the world's greatest mead-hall. And that great mancalled the building "Herot," the hart.
After it was built,Hrothgar did what he said he would: handed out gold and treasure at huge feasts. That hall was high-towered,tall and wide-gabled(though destruction awaited,fire and swords of family trouble;and outside in the night waited a tortured spirit of hell).
The words of the poet,the sounds of the harp,the joy of people echoed.The poet told how the world came to be, how God made the earthand the water surrounding,how He set the sun and the moonas lights for peopleand adorned the earthwith limbs and leaves for everyone.Hrothgar's people lived in joy, happy until that wanderer of the wasteland,Grendel the demon, possessor of the moors,began his crimes.
He was of a race of monstersexiled from mankind by God--He was of the race of Cain, that man punished for murdering his brother.From that family comesall evil beings--monsters, elves, zombies.Also the giants who fought with God and got repaid with the flood.
"Shield, the son of Sheaf,took many an enemy's chair"
One night, after a beer party,the Danes settled in the hallfor sleep; they knew no sorrows.The evil creature, grim and hungry,grabbed thirty warriorsand went home laughing.
At dawn, when the Danes learned of Grendel's strength, there was great weeping. The old king sat sadly, crying for his men. Bloody footprints were found.
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