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Grendel is a novel by John Gardner, retelling the epic of Beowulf from the point of view of the monster Grendel.
It was animated in Australia, under the title Grendel Grendel Grendel.
- Alternate Character Interpretation - Grendel is a poor lonely misunderstood guy who can't communicate with humans despite not meaning them any harm. At first.
- Angst - Lots of it - mainly of the "What's the purpose of it all?" vein. Leads to Wangst.
- Black Comedy
- Deadpan Snarker: Grendel himself has at least two such moments while Beowulf is smacking his head against a wall.
"I sing for the hardness of walls. Hooray for the hardness of walls."
- Dirty Old Man - This version gives us the dragon that Beowulf fights at the end of the poem as one.
"Boobies, hemorrhoids boils, slaver (nyeh heh heh)..."
- Faux Symbolism - Lots, fueling many an English Literature professor.
- He-Man Woman Hater - Apparently being raised by a barely-sentient monster doesn't help one's view of women. Grendel might be applying little bit of Ho Yay jealousy to the king's wife as well.
- Humanoid Abomination - What Grendel perceives Beowulf as. Aside from his strength, Grendel can't help but notice something wrong about his face and shoulders, which isn't helped by Grendel's pain-induced hallucinations featuring Beowulf sprouting flaming wings.
- Humans Are Bastards - Grendel means no harm to the people, but they treat him as a horrible monster.
- Nietzsche Wannabe - The dragon, who also manages to convince Grendel to stop trying to make up with the Danes and just kill them instead.
- Perspective Flip
- Straw Character - a variety of viewpoints are mocked without a satisfactory rebuttal.
- Sympathetic POV
- Twice-Told Tale
- Villain Protagonist