Beowulf Character List

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A brief set of descriptions on the characters in Beowulf

Beowulf

A hero who fights Grendel, Grendel's Mother and a fire breathing dragon; protagonist

King Hrothgar

King of the Danes; Father figure to Beowulf

Grendel

A demon that lives in the mead-hall, Heorot

Grendel's Mother

A swamp-hag who wreaks Heorot for vengeance

The Dragon

An ancient, powerful serpant that guards treasures in a hill

Shield Sheafson

The legendary Danish King from whom Hrothgar is descended

Beow

Son of Shield Sheafson, father of Halfdane

Halfdane

Father of Hrothgar, Heorogar and Halga; Succeeded Beow

Wealhtheow

Wife of Hrothgar

Unferth

Warrior who refuses to battle Grendel; jealous of Beowulf

Hrethric

Hrothgar's elder son who is offered advice by Beowulf

Hygelac

Beowulf's uncle

Wiglaf

Helps Beowulf fight the dragon whilst all the others run away

Ecgtheow

Beowulf's Father

Kind Hrethal

Geatish king that took Beowulf in after the death of his father

Hygd

Hygelac's wife

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