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[gren-dl] /ˈgrɛn dl/
noun, English and Scandinavian Mythology.
the monster killed by Beowulf. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The hideous creature of the night was the mother of Grendel, as all knew well.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • He lends his sword, Hrunting, to Bewulf for his battle with Grendel's mother, 1456 f.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • Grendel now, monster cruel, be mine to quell in single battle!

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Of the grip of that Grendel 'neath the great roof upbuilded.

  • No sword made by mortal men could harm Grendel or his mother; and as he struck her Beowulf stumbled and fell.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Grendel in the poem of Beowulf is in the same order of existence as these portents.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Carrying this and Grendel's head, Beowulf now left the den and swam upwards to the surface of the lake.

  • It is also a different sort of thing from the fight with Grendel.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Before his encounter with Grendel he charges the king of the Danes to send it back to Hygelac in the event of his death.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Or, whilst Grendel still represents the storms, his antagonist is a "Blitzheros."

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Grendel


(in Old English legend) a man-eating monster defeated by the hero Beowulf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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