The ogre who has menaced Hrothgar's people for 12 years is a huge, powerful descendant of the biblical Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel out of jealousy. Grendel is envious, resentful, and angry toward mankind, possibly because he feels that God blesses them but that the ogre himself never can be blessed. Grendel especially resents the light, joy, and music that he observes in Hrothgar's beautiful mead-hall. Although Grendel looks something like a man, having two arms with hands with claws, two legs, and one head, he is much larger and can defeat dozens of men at a time. He devours some of the dead on the spot and carries others back to his lair, the cave he shares with his mother beneath a mere in a dark fen. He is a mix of man and beast; his fury is based on very human feelings of resentment and jealousy. Nothing could stop could stop Grendel, including battle-gear and he loved to see all of the battle sweat when everything was over. Grendel wants the people of the town to feel the wrath of Grendel and will kill anyone who gets in his way. Grendel would spend the nights after he raiding the Hall of Heart the town dragging the dead men home to his den. Grendel’s physical appearance shows that he is a monster and it agrees with all of the things he does, but it doesn’t show the reasons of why he is doing everything, which include jealousy and resentfulness.
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