Why is Hrothulf referred to as a sweet scorpion?

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Grendel is using the word "scorpion" to describe Hrothulf. he can sense that Hrothulf is becoming increasingly hostile and Hrothgar begins to worry about the safety of his posterity to the throne. This is referred to as sweet scorpion because of his "dark-side" tendencies and possible violence to achieve power .