1. his hands were a weapon in itself. it is said that each hand has the power of 30 hands.
2. he was proud. didnt want to use the weapons unless he had to. he had his honor and pride in not using weapons.
AGAIN...wrong on #2. Weapons were ineffective against Grendel because he had magic protection against any weapon made by men.
Beowulf renounced the use of weapons against Grendel, as his opponent did not use any. He fought barehanded, revealing his enormous strength.
Beowulf first fights Grendel, a strong monster. Beowulf finds his weapons do no work against Grendel. He then fights Grendel with his hands. Beowulf rips off Grendel's arm and he runs away.
He wanted the battle to be equal and fair, since grendel wasn't fighting with weapons
No one was as strong as Beowulf and everyone tried using weapons against him but Grendel has a magical spell upon which dulls all weapons when use on him.
Because Grendel didn't use amour or weapons so Beowulf wanted a honorable fight with Grendel.
Beowulf was a wonderful story with many key points and many different battles. In the battle between Grendel and Beowulf, Beowulf must fight with his bare hands because all weapons are useless against Grendel.
In 'Beowulf,' the warriors, who were witnessing Beowulf's battle with Grendel, attempted to help the warrior vanquish the monster by hacking away at Grendel with their weapons. However, the problem is that Grendel has a charm which protects him against weapons. As a result, it's through Beowulf's efforts alone, that Grendel is defeated.
Grendel is a huge monster who is immune to weapons for some reason. Since he cannot be hurt by weapons Beowulf fights him unarmed.
Beowulf insists on fighting Grendel without any weapons because it would be an unfair advantage.
Grendel fights without weapons, so Beowulf chooses to do the same.
Yes, Beowulf defeated Grendel by himself. He did it without the aid of his weapons or armor as a show of hubris.
it is the honorable thing to do and grendel isn't fighting with weapons. also grendel bewitched weapons so they don't harm him anyways
Grendel ran away because Beowulf ripped his arm off. Grendel was used to coming out of battles uninjured because he was impervious to weapons.
Beowulf doesn't use weapons in his fight against Grendel because he is aware he has a charm that will make it impossible to kill him with a weapon. Therefore, he feels the only way he will be able to defeat the monster is by fighting him in hand to hand combat without any weapons.
Beowulf refuses to use weapons because Grendel uses none.
Beowulf rips his off. As you may know, he fought Grendel without clothes, armor, or even any weapons. He said either he would break or Grendel would.
Beowulf fought and killed Grendel with his bare hands. He did not use any other weapons, to show his honor and bravery, and killed Grendel by ripping his arm off.
Beowulf has humility when he is taking to Hrothgar about about fighting Grendel, and says "He has no idea the art of war...no weapons therefore...unarmed shall he face me." (47) This means that Grendel has no weapons or armour or skill so Beowulf will not use his..aka an unfair fight.
Beowulf fights with his hands against Grendel because Grendel uses no weapons. Beowulf is a proud man who wants to fairly represent his nation. He wants to leave the judgment of the winner upon God, who will be his only weapon, because he feels that God will rightfully choose who will win.
The weapons of Beowulf's warriors are ineffective against Grendel because Grendel put a spell on there swords to not pierce his skin.
If you have read the book "Grendel", then you will know that the fire dragon, whom Beowulf fights later, charmed Grendel. That charm made him invincible against weapons, however he was still vulnerable to brute strength.
Considering that Beowulf was able to defeat Grendel without any weapons or armor, Beowulf is much stronger. He ripped Grendel's arm off in the fight and Grendel fled.Also, Beowulf was very young at the time.
with no weapons so he can show his true strength as a hero
He only used his bare hands and no other weapons
he pretends to sleep in the feasting hall with a few weapons