Monsters of all Kinds
Monsters were used by parents to scare kids into doing what they wanted them to do or to warn people about dangerous things.
Nigel waited his whole life to grow taller so that he could have a chance once he took on Beowulf but he never grew. He was born the runt of the family and that never left him. Even squirrels are bigger than him.
This depicts Nigel training to get stronger so that he can avenge his uncle. He attempts to climb this tree in order to gain strength. His whole life he was a disappointment to his whole family. Seeing that Grendel and Grendel's mother were as big and strong as they were, Nigel is a huge let down. Tired of letting his family down in his earlier years, he stopped trying so hard and waited to grow, once he discovered that would never happen, he started to train again. Trying to forget how small he is, Nigel attempts feats that any big monster would be able to do. The only problem is that he started his training after Beowulf died so now he will not be able to avenge his uncle but he can still try and create terror on the innocent of another town and make his family proud.
All Nigel wanted to do his whole life was raise terror on the innocent just like everybody else in his family.