The stranger is the agent of change in an otherwise cyclical world. While Grendel may call himself "evil" in his thoughts and even behave wickedly toward humans, he's not unappealing as a character. Sister to Hymgod of the Helmings, Wealtheow sacrifices her own future happiness to marry Hrothgar, thus winning peace between her people and the Scyldings.
All rights reserved. But it makes the whole struggle of humanity worthwhile. Hrothgar begins his career as just another warrior, but his chance encounter with Grendel leads to a rivalry that boosts his reputation among his people. Plus so much more... Topics Character Roles Protagonist, Antagonist... Which guides should we add? LitCharts Teacher Editions. The protagonist of the book. Grendel does slip on blood and he considers Beowulf to be more than mortal.
The dragon puts a charm on Grendel, making him immune to human weapons. Grendel by John Gardner Chapter 12. A foreigner who arrives on Hrothgar's shores with fourteen other mighty warriors, the stranger is obviously Beowulf.
If Unferth is the best he can do, Hrothgar's time might, in fact, be at an end. Retrieved February 14, 2019. Grendel decides he's not going to eat Unferth, after all.
The result? Unferth teases Beowulf about his swimming match with Breca. Sign In Sign Up. Shakespeare Translations.
Wealtheow is much younger than Hrothgar, a fact that does not escape the king as his powers fail him. Grendel has become a kind of Shaper himself, creating the reality of the wall for himself as he is pushed into admitting its existence.