Giant half-elven Grendell and his mother, "Big Mother" were members of Cain's Clan.[2][3]

6th century

They once terrorized the marshlands surrounding Heorot Hall in Denmark in the 6th century AD. Prince Beowolf came to the aid of King Hrothgar, whose hall was raided each night by the hideous man-eating monster Grendel. Beowulf slayed Grendel. He then tried to kill Big Mother using a powerful sword (possibly Excalibur) that he had found in her hoard, and managed to imprison her in a floating underground prison.[3]


Modern days



  • Shapeshifting: Big Mother can alter her form to assume the physique of a large winged dragon. It is believed that she can adapt other forms as well, but this has yet to be revealed.
  • Flight: In her dragon form, Big Mother possesses winged flight. Her speed and rate of climb while in this form have never been measured.
  • Magic: Big Mother possesses the ability to weave a variety of mystical enchantments, although the full range and limits of this power remains unknown. She once created an enchantment that rendered her son, Grendell, impervious to the weaponry of his arch-foe, Beowulf. This same enchantment also enabled Grendell to touch iron without being burned.
  • Superhuman Durability: Big Mother's strength is matched only by her durability. She can withstand a high degree of physical force without undue discomfort.


Although her prodigious size is her greatest asset, Big Mother is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.

Strength level

Big Mother possesses superhuman strength levels, the limits of which remain unknown.

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