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Beowulf comes to Herot because he wants the glory of killing Grendel to rid the Danes of the monster. Beowulf wants to test his skill and bravery against a monster adversary.
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The news of Hrothgar's troubles are brought to King Hygelac of the Geats by Danish sailors:
This heard in his home Hygelac's thane,
great among Geats, of Grendel's doings.
I think the people of Geatland may have felt vulnerable without Beowulf because they were threatened by their neighbors to the North. They might have been supportive because Grendel, and monsters like him, were a direct link to their Pagan beliefs.