KS2 English. Beowulf - Part 2

Beowulf arrives in Denmark and joins with King Hrothgar. Later he prepares to fight with the monster, Grendel.

Episode 2: Beowulf arrives in Denmark to fight with the monster, Grendel


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Beowulf and his warriors arrive in Denmark and meet King Hrothgar at Heorot. Beowulf assures Hrothgar that he will fight Grendel that very night and - because Grendel uses no weapons - that he will fight the monster with just his bare hands.

That night the Geatish warriors bed down in Heorot and wait for the inevitable attack. Grendel breaks the door down but is surprised when his arm is seized by a force he has not felt before. Beowulf clasps Grendel's arm and will not let go and - eventually - Grendel's arm is severed and the creature limps off to die.

The Danes and the Geats celebrate the victory. They believe that Heorot is safe once again. But another monster is lurking out on the moor. One intent on revenge - Grendel's mother.

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Sequencing activity
Line drawing - King Hrothgar
Line drawing - Grendel


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