Doomed to misery."
"But Wyrd had otherwise willed his doom;
Never again should he get a victim
After that night."
"But a woeful end awaited the wretch,
That very day he was doomed to depart,
And fare afar to the fiends' domain."
In the newer version, however, the outcome of the battle is revealed only at the last possible moment. This happens because in Grendel the story is told by Grendel himself. He is very strong; moreover, he had never met his match before. As a result, he is so confident of his success that he admits to himself that he will die only after he is mortally wounded by Beowulf. o"The room goes suddenly white, as if struck by lightning He has torn off my arm at the shoulder I really will die!" The change in the point of view is rather important when comparing these two works. Beowulf is told in the third person narrative. Here, the author concentrates on the actions of the characters and on the battle itself. This might not be very appealing to some readers. Gardner's version, written from the point of view of Grendel, the monster, should be more interesting to read. The writer gets inside the head of Grendel and...