Grendel is the story of Beowulf's famous enemy, the troll-like Grendel who lives with his monstrous mother in a cave under the earth. The novel details Grendel's lonely ruminations on the meaning of life and consciousness leading up to his battle with Beowulf, who goes unnamed in the text, and his subsequent death of his wounds. It dwells on themes of existentialism, isolation, human nature, and violence with Grendel as its morbid protagonist.

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