Beowulf also brings the hilt of the sword to shore after killing Grendel's mother.
A monster must always accompany a hero, and just as heroes have the spaces, so do monsters. A fen was considered to be a monster space. Grendel's mother's home was in fen country, and was where Beowulf defeated her.
Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia,comes to the help of Hroðgar,king of the Danes, whose mead hall has been under attack by the monster Grendel.After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants bury him in a tumulus, a burial mound, in…
The slaying of Grendel makes his mother attack the warriors of Heorot once again to obtain wergild for the loss of her son. This attack forces Beowulf to pursue Grendel's mother. Here begins the story of the battle between Beowulf and Grendel's mother.
After the monster Grendel is slain by the hero Beowulf, Grendel's mother attacks the mead-hall Heorot to avenge his death. Beowulf is tasked with destroying her, and ventures into her lake-based home, Grendel's Mere. When Grendel's mother senses his presence, she immediately attacks Beowulf and drags him into her home.