Essay Archive - Beowulf and Grendel: Craving for the Queen
Beowulf and Grendel: Craving for the Queen
In both texts, Beowulf and Grendel, the main purpose of the Queen's are
to serve the courts as "weavers of peace". In Grendel however, Queen
Wealththeow is described in much greater detail and serves a further purpose.
The reader gains insight to a part Grendel that is not present in Beowulf, his
desire for a human.
It was not unusual for women to be offered as tokens of peace within the
noble courts. In the novel Grendel, Wealhtheow's brother, King of the Helmings,
bestowed her to....