This is Grendel.
Grendel appears in the great and early English poem, Beowulf. Scholars debate Grendel’s appearance, but because of his unnatural life and the company he (seldom) kept – his mother and the dragon – I have often imagined this hell-spawn as scaly monster covered in horns.
In some translations, after Grendel’s arm has been severed by Beowulf, it is described as hoary, covered with protrusions, and as hard as steel. I like to picture Grendel this way – he should be a monster, like the dragon and the sea-monsters that Beowulf boasts of defeating.
Regardless of Grendel’s appearance, many will note that I took a true liberty with the monster. I had him topple Hrothgar’s Throne, which in the actual poem is a subject of note. Grendel, whether cursed by some dread magic or his own misaligned thought, is unable to approach the throne. Here however, I thought showing the monstrosity of his form looming over the great thane’s chair was more appropriate than over a heap of the dead (these are intended for child readers after all).
I also want to give a mention to the Quimper Hittys, whose hitty-keeper suggested Grendel for the ballad. Their site, filled with the misadventures of wooden dolls, is a delight.
Grendel is the twentieth monster of the Monster Ballad series.
It is Acrylic on paper, (18 x 24).
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