Yet the poem is so infused with a Christian spirit that it lacks the grim fatality of many of the Eddaic lays or the sagas of Icelandic literature.Beowulf himself seems more altruistic than other Germanic heroes or the ancient Greek heroes of the .
It also shows the significance of being in a relationship in which both sides love each other.
Hrothgar is astonished at the little-known hero’s daring but welcomes him, and, after an evening of feasting, much courtesy, and some discourtesy, the king retires, leaving Beowulf in charge.
During the night Grendel comes from the moors, tears open the heavy doors, and devours one of the sleeping Geats.
Grendel, who carries off Hrothgar’s warriors and devours them.
Unexpectedly, young Beowulf, a prince of the Geats of southern Sweden, arrives with a small band of retainers and offers to cleanse Heorot of its monster.