Marching to Heorot
wise man should know when words are true', the Watchman said: 'I will show you the way, for I believe you are loyal to Lord Hrothgar. My men will guard your ship while you are gone'.
The Watchman rode his horse ahead of them away from the shore. Beowulf and his men marched behind. When they could all see the hall before them, the Watchman said
'Now I must go back to guarding the cliffs. May God give you good luck against Grendel'.
The road to Heorot was paved with stone and their stamping feet made it sing out as the men marched along. The linked rings of their mailcoats jingled and their shields and helmets shone as bright as Heorot's golden roof in the sun.
The Geats were glad when they got to the hall. They were tired after their sea-journey. They took off their heavy shields , which had been hardened by a rainstorm of spears in many battles before. They stacked up their grey spears made of ash-wood outside the hall, as a sign they did not mean to attack anyone there.