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Beowulf: Character List

Naegling

sword that fails Beowulf when he faces the dragon

Unferth

envious Dane who taunts Beowulf

Hygelac

uncle to Beowulf and king of the Geats

Ecgtheow

Hrothgar pays his wergild (man-price)

Wiglaf

only loyal Thane to Beowulf

Waegmundings

Wiglaf and Beowulf were the last survivors of this clan

Heorot

Danish Mead Hall attacked by Grendel

Grendel

monster from the line of Cain

Grendel's Mother

attacks the Danes out of vengence

Wealtheow

Hrothgar's wife

Dragon

treasure-hoarder

Hrunting

sword that fails Beowulf when he faces Grendel's mother

Jutes

bard sings of the Danish conquest over this tribe

Ongentheow

king of the Swedes, killed in their feud with the Geats

Beowulf

the hero whom "the cutting edge on iron" never helped in battle

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