In both texts, Beowulf and Grendel, the main purpose of the
Queen's are to serve the courts as "weavers of peace". In Grendel
however, Queen Wealththeow is described in much greater detail and
serves a further purpose. The reader gains insight to a part Grendel
that is not present in Beowulf, his desire for a human.
It was not unusual for women to be offered as tokens of peace
within the noble courts. In the
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two texts are fundamentally the same, there is a
significant difference in how Queen Wealhtheow is portrayed. In the
novel Grendel, the reader is given not only further insight to the
beauty and charm of Wealhtheow, but the sensitivity and needs of
Grendel. Both texts allow the reader to gain a further understanding
to the position of women in the Anglo-Saxon society by means of the
development of the characters, Queen Wealhtheow and Queen Hygd.