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Beowulf- Characters

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