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In the poem, Beowulf, translated by Charles W. Kennedy, the poem

depicts Beowulf as a heroic figure who's skill and courage enable him to

defeat monsters. The poem begins with Scyld Shefing who was the first

great king of the Danes. He was known for his ability to conquer enemies.

Scyld was the great-grandfather of Hrothgar. Hrothgar was the king of the

Danes during the events of Beowulf. Hrothgar was a good king and wished to

celebrate his reign by building a grand hall called Heorot. When the hall was

finished Hrothgar hold a large feast. This feast caused the attention of the

monster Grendel. Grendel decided to attack during the night. In the

morning, Hrothgar and the people saw the bloodshed and mourn of the lost

warriors. This began Grendel's attack upon the Danes. Twelve years pass and

eventually the news of Grendel's invasion on the Danes reached the Geats.

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