While watching the movie I realized something.
Grendel is not described very much in Beowulf. And even in Grendel, he is not described that much.
In Beowulf, it is known that Grendel is strong, magically deflective towards normal weapons, lives in a cave, is the son of an aquatic/amphibious mother, has claws. Anything else?
He could be like a crab, like a bear, like a troll, like a human. Nothing much is really know besides his actions.
In Grendel, he is assumed to be furry. His mother is furry. They live in a partially-submerged cave (one has to pass through the fire-snake water to get in). He is rather whiny. He still kills people. He gains the magic against weapons from the dragon and did not have it before.
In the movie, Grendel is a Gollum-like creature. He is almost(?) hairless. He is actually sexless. He is Hrothgar's son. He has sensitive ears that apparently only started to bother him when he is grown. He is huge. He is strong.
just wanted to point it out.
i'll have some pictures in a bit.
i really should finish my essay first.