The Venerable Bede
Alfred the Great
Elevated, dignified language
Themes of good versus evil
He would be considered perfect according to today's standards
He would be modest in telling his accomplishments
He would be flawless when judged according to his own culture
He would be generous and loyal
He would be a larger-than-life character
They were memorized and retold by scops.
They were preserved in time capsules.
They were printed on using crude printing blocks
They were hand-written by monks
All Grendel's plunder was displayed in the banquet hall.
Grendel's dead body was left in the banquet hall.
Grendel's arm from the claws to the shoulder was hanging from the rafter.
Grendel's head was the centerpiece on the great table.
The will of God
The superiority of his weapons