Talk for Writing – Beowulf

Here is our Talk For Writing myth text – can you remember all of the words and actions?!


Hrothgar, king of the Danes, was extremely proud of the great hall he had built. He planned to fill it with laughter, music and dancing, and for a time all was well.

However, nearby lived Grendel, a terrifying troll who hated the hall (though he hated the humans even more)! Heaving himself up from the bog, he slipped through the swamp like an icy shadow until he reached Hrothgar’s hall. Hungrily, the troll snatched the nearest man before grabbing two more! There was nothing the humans could do: Grendel’s power was too great. The next night Grendel returned, again attacking the helpless humans.

News of the troll spread far and wide until it reached a mighty warrior king called Beowulf. Everyone knew his power was unmatched. Beowulf decided to help the Danish king and took fourteen of his greatest warriors to help him. They crossed the sea in a longship and were welcomed by a grateful Hrothgar. The tribe were shown to the abandoned hall where they had another great feast before settling down to sleep.

In the swamp Grendel was enraged to hear music on the night air once more. Furiously tearing down the door again, he snatched up the nearest man. However, this was no ordinary human: this was Beowulf!


Beowulf had a grip of iron like the troll had never felt before! No matter what Grendel did, Beowulf hung on. Grendel raised his free claw to slash down at Beowulf but at that moment he slipped and fell crashing down. Confused, Grendel decided to escape but as he pulled away Beowulf heaved in the opposite direction. There was a revolting tearing sound and Grendel’s arm was torn from its socket! Roaring in pain, the monster rushed back out of the door and off into the night.

In the morning, Beowulf brought Grendel’s severed arm to Hrothgar and the Danes as proof of victory. Beowulf was hailed as a hero and rewarded with gold, jewels, weapons and furs. Yet, no-one in the great hall was prepared for the dark-eyed creature awaiting revenge, who was creeping towards the great oak door…

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