Skip over navigation

Grendel

John Gardner

Quiz

Study Questions & Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

1. For how many years does Grendel’s battle with the humans last?

2. Who or what is Hart?

3. What do the humans think Grendel is when they find him in the tree?

4. What is the dragon’s final piece of advice to Grendel?

5. Who is Scyld Shefing?

6. What instrument does the Shaper play?

7. How does Grendel reach the dragon?

8. What type of animal is Grendel observing at the opening of the book?

9. Who, according to the Shaper, is Grendel’s ancestor?

10. What term does the dragon use to describe the nature of Grendel’s relationship to the humans?

11. What objects does Grendel throw at Unferth in the meadhall?

12. What are Wealtheow’s people called?

13. How does Hrothgar come to be married to Wealtheow?

14. Who is Breca?

15. Who is the only person seemingly happy about Ork’s vision of the Destroyer?

16. What does Grendel take “Warovvish” to mean?

17. What keeps climbing up the cliff, even after Grendel kills it with stones?

18. How, in Grendel’s estimation, do the Geats appear when they first arrive in Denmark?

19. Where does Grendel find himself at the very end of the novel?

20. How, in Grendel’s eyes, does Beowulf manage to best him?

21. What does Beowulf force Grendel to do during their final battle?

22. What does Grendel decide when the bull starts attacking him?

23. What school of philosophy does Red Horse best embody?

24. Who is plotting to overthrow Hrothgar in a revolution?

25. Where do Grendel and his mother live?

More Help

Previous Next
Grendel represents Agnar, son of Ingeld

by beowulfgeek, December 19, 2012

Spent a lot of years working on 'Beowulf' and I reckon that the monsters represent human characters. In my view: Grendel represents Agnar, son of Ingeld; Grendel's Mum represents the daughter of Earl Swerting of Sweden (and the first wife of Ingeld); and the Dragon represents Onela, king of the Swedes. I think that there has been a scribal error right at the beginning of the poem, which has made Scyld's 'bearn' (Modern English, 'bairn') into Beowulf the First. Thus the real parallels of the poem have been lost.

As far as the first tw

0 Comments

4 out of 10 people found this helpful

The intricate art of glugging

by chinchilla99999, September 15, 2013

6 reasons you should consider being a cat
1.Free food
2.Free rent
3.Sleep as long as you want to
4.Look great with no effort
5.Grooming requires nothing but your tongue
6.License to kill(mickey mouse)

0 Comments

8 out of 13 people found this helpful

Follow Us