What significance is there that this monster almost kills Beowulf with a dagger, a human weapon?

from the Burton Raffel translated text. Answer should come between sections 12 and 13

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There is a sense that weapons of the physical world are worthless in his fight with Grendel and his mother. Beowulf refuses to use a weapon against Grendel yet he is almost killed by a human made dagger.