Is there any historical meaning of the name “Grendel”?
The name Grendel is first found in the Old English epic “Beowulf”. Some theorists believe that the name originates from the Old English verb for gnashing teeth (“Grindan”) whilst other believe it may have come from the term “grynde”, meaning abyss. Others believe that its entirely an invention of the author of the epic due to the fact that no other record of the name exists before this period in time. It also must be remembered that the name Grendel was not officially recorded until several hundred years after the creation of the story and so the name could have changed considerably during this time.