There is an yet another modern interpretation of the Beowulf epic. It is a book named Grendel, by John Gardner. This book follows the basic storyline of Beowulf, but tells it from the point of view of the 'monster', Grendel. Grendel is portrayed to be a creature with feelings, rather than the savage beast of other interpretations. While having feelings, Grendel is still a killer by default, as that is still his nature. An odd angle, but an interesting read nonetheless.