Beowulf- Characters

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This is the set of characters for the Beowulf test with Mrs. Basquill.

Scyld Scefing

Legendary Danish king

Hrothgar

Current king of the Danes; builder of a great mead-hall; son of Healdene

Hygelac

Current king of the Geats

Unferth

Dane who challenges Beowulf's bravery and strength; son of Ecglaf

Heorot

Famous Danish mead-hall

Grendel

Danish monster who terrorizes Heorot; considered to be the son of Cain

Beowulf

A great Geatish warrior; thane and nephew to Hygelac

Cain

Killed his brother Abel

Breca

Beowulf's friend and swimming contest contender

Wealhtheow

Hrothgar's queen

Healfdene

deceased Danish king; father of Heorogar, Halga, and
Hrothgar

Onela

king of the Swedes

Hecrogar and Halga

Hrothgar's brothers

Wolfgar

Hrothgar's herald

Ecgtheon

Beowulf's deceased father

Hrethel

Deceased king of the Geats, Beowulf's grandfather

Grendel

lost his arm in a battle in Heorot; his flesh is impervious to swords

Hrothgar

a good Danish king; rewards Beowulf with treasure

Hygelac

a good Geatish king; uncle to Beowulf

Beowulf

purges Heorot of a terror

Unferth

becomes a more silent man

Hrothulf

Hrothgar's nephew; he will eventually steal the Danish throne by killing his nephews who are Hrothgar's sons

Grendel's Mother

avenges the death of Grendel

Wealhtheow

reminds Hrothulf to protect her sons; gives Beowulf a precious circlet

Aeschere

Hrothgar's counselor; Grendel's Mother's victim

Sigemund

kills a dragon who guards a treasure

Fitela

nephew and companion-in-arms of Sigemund

Heremond

an evil Danish king

Hildeburh

an unhappy Danish princess who is married to the Frisian king to end a blood feud; both her brother and her son die on opposite sides of the same battle

Finn

King of the Frisians, husband of Hildeburh

Hnaef

a Danish warrior; brother of Hildeburh

Hengest

a Danish warrior who assumes leadership after Hnaef's death

Hrethric and Hrothmund

sons of Hrothgar and Wealhtheow; Danish princes; eventual victims of Hrothulf

Beowulf

slays Grendel's Mother, returns to Heorot with Grendel's head, and sails home to Geatland

Grendel

beheaded by Beowulf; his head becomes a trophy

Grendel's Mother

a mighty mere-woman; slayed by a giant's sword

Hrothgar

warns Beowulf about the dangers of power to corrupt;
ultimately dies of old age

Aeschere

his head is used to lure Beowulf to a dangerous mere

Unferth

loans Beowulf his sword

Hygelac

son of Hrethel; has a splendid hall in Geatland; a valiant and noble king

Hrunting

an ancient sword loaned to Beowulf

Hygd

Hygelac's young, but wise queen; Haereth's daughter

Heremed

an ancient Danish king who slaughtered his own people

Modthryth

an evil queen who had ordered slain any courtier caught staring at her beauty

Offa

King of the Angles; his marriage to Modthryth tames her evil nature

Freawaru

Hrothgar's daughter, Beowulf predicts that her marriage to Ingled in order to end a blood feud will be unsuccessful and that Heorot will ultimately be burned to the ground

Hondscin

the Geatish warrior devoured by Grendel that first night in Heorot

Beowulf

a wise king who ruled Geatland for fifty winters

Hygelac

Beowulf's beloved uncle

Hygd

offers Beowulf the Geatish throne that belongs to her still young son

Heardred

Hygelac's son; king of the Geats; slayed by the Swedes

Dragon

guards the treasure-hoard of a vanished race for three
hundred winters

Onela

a Swedish king

Wiglaf

given the Geatish throne by Beowulf; only valorous Geatish warrior

Eadgils

befriended by Beowulf; killed King Onela, the Swedish king who had killed Heardred

Hrethel

former King of the Geats; father of Herebeald, Haethcyn, and Hygelac; dies of sorrow over the tragic loss of his two eldest sons

Herebeald

killed by an arrow shot by his own brother

Haethcyn

committed an inexpiable sin; killed in a battle with the
Swedes at Ravenswood

Weohstan

Wiglaf's father; owner of Eanmund's armor and war gear

Ongentheow

father of Onela; former Swedish king; killed Haethcyn

Eofor and Wulf

brothers who defeat the Swedish king Ongentheow

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