In this video we'll teach you all about Beowulf. It sounds kind of like he was a vigilante...but that was a lot more accepted back then. Plus, we're pretty sure Grendel ate all of the police officers anyway.
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Well, unfortunately, Beowulf isn't a cute little rock. He's a heroic warrior. [Cross appears over the rock and a green circle appears over Beowulf]
Before he even does anything in the story, we're told that, "of heroes then living, he was stoutest
and strongest, sturdy and noble." [The quote is underlined in the book]
In other words, he's pretty great, and could probably go toe-to-toe with The Rock. [Beowulf and a rock in a wrestling ring]
Not that cute little rock. The Rock. [The Rock appears]
Anyway, back to Beowulf. So something's up at Heorot Hall, the mead hall
of King Hrothgar.
And when we say "something's up," we don't mean the typical party fouls. Heorot Hall
has bigger problems than glasses being used without coasters, or an over-abundance of [Balloons fill the hall]
We mean that the current party disturbed the local demon monster, Grendel. [Grendel complaining about the noise]
However, rather than call the cops to make a noise complaint,
Grendel takes matters into his own hands.
One night, when all the warriors are in a sleepy, alcohol-induced stupor, Grendel attacks
Heorot Hall. He kills thirty guys and takes their corpses back to his lair. [People screaming from inside the hall]
Not exactly everyone's idea of a party, but hey, Grendel marches to the beat of his own drummer. [Grendel dragging a corpse away]
In fact, Grendel had such a great time that first night, he attacks Heorot Hall again
and again, until eventually Heorot Hall is abandoned. [Heorot Hall with the sign crossed out]
And as any real estate agent will tell you, it's tough to move property when you've got
We're guessing King Hrothgar would have been ecstatic over just a rat infestation.
News of Hrtothgar's Grendel troubles spread all over the world, all the way to Geatland ['The Geatland Times' with a story about Grendel]
, home of the mighty Beowulf.
Even though no one seems to be able to kill Grendel, Beowulf is like, "Pft, I could take
on The Rock. Let's do this thing." So with fourteen trusty warriors, he sets out by boat for Denmark, [Beowulf and his warriors at sea]
home of Hrothgar.
Good thing he took a boat…imagine trying to get all those swords through airport security. [Beowulf being pinned down by security]
Yeah not good.
When he arrives in Denmark, Beowulf meets with Hrothgar, boasting about his awesome
strength, and formally declares that he'll fight and kill Grendel.
And, within the Germanic warrior culture of Beowulf and Hrothgar, that's a big deal. [Beowulf and Grendel in the wrestling ring]
If Beowulf can make good on his boasts, and kill Grendel, he'll have proven himself a real hero. [Beowulf jumps on Grendel]
If he doesn't make good on those boasts, well, he might prove himself a decent lunch. [Beowulf being cooked by Grendel]
No matter what happens, one thing's for sure: this little rock needs his own story. [A pair a scissors vs a rock in the wrestling ring]
Someone get a publisher on the phone.