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.