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Grendel is a monster in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, feared by all save Beowulf himself.

Grendel is a descendant of the biblical Cain, the first murderer. In Beowulf, Grendel haunts Heorot, the mead-hall of the Danes, and eats men too drunk to defend themselves. Beowulf leaves Geatland to defeat the monster bare-handed.

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