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thousand forms of evil which came from Cain
whom does Grendel descend from?
large, strong, gleaming eyes, claws
king of the Danes when Grendel attacks
Hrothgar's mead hall
what is herot?
he is jealous the Danes have happiness, joy, and love from God
why does Grendel attack Herot?
how many men does Grendel kill on his first visit?
how long has Grendel terrorized the Danes?
they are afraid and have fled for safety (distance=safety)
why don't Hrothgar's men overcome Grendel?
Hrothgar's throne because it is protected by God
what area will Grendel not attack and why?
at night when the men are asleep and drunk (not expecting an attack)
At what time does Grendel attack and why?
strong, brave, self-absorbed
land of the Geats (Sweden)
where does Beowulf live?
Beowulf's uncle, king of the Geats
he will travel to Denmark to save the Danes from Grendel
what does Beowulf decide to do and why?
land of the Danes
how many men does beowulf take with him?
Hrothgar's thane who questions Beowulf when he arrives
battle shields, swords, spears, their ship
what does wulfgar tell beowulf and his men to leave behind when they go to meet Hrothgar?
he wants to fight Grendel without the help of the Danes
what does Beowulf tell Hrothgar about himself?
without weapons and will use his hands
how does beowulf intend to face Grendel?
send his chain mail back to his country/people
what instructions does Beowulf give if he should die?
One of Hrothgar's warriors and jealous of Beowulf
he is jealous that Beowulf has more fame and glory than him
what is Unferth's motivation in challenging Beowulf?
Childhood friend of Beowulf
Brecca won the swimming contest
what does Unferth say about Beowulf's contest with Brecca?
Grendel will win
Unferth's prediction if Beowulf challenges Grendel
he says his face is hot with ale (drunk)
how does Beowulf respond to Unferth?
beowulf stayed with Brecca until a flood separated them
what is Beowulf's defense of Unferth's claims about Brecca?
beowulf was attached by sea monsters and killed them all
what happens to Beowulf in the sea?
where did beowulf land when the seas calmed?
killing his own brothers (says he will be destined to hell)
what does Beowulf accuse Unferth of?
Grendel knows the Danes will do nothing about it (aren't capable of fighting back)
according to beowulf, why is Grendel so successful against the Danes?
Hrothgar sat happily listening to Beowulf and believed in Beowulf's strength and firmness of spirit (believes Grendel will be taken care of)
how does Hrothgar react to Beowulf's claims?
she roasts her husband first and then all other Geat warriors
what does Welthow do at the feast?
gives over mead hall to Beowulf
what tribute does Hrothgar pay to Beowulf before he retires for the night?
treasure if he can rid Herot of Grendel
what does Hrothgar offer Beowulf?
where does Beowulf and his men plan to spend the night?
same as usual (to kill and feast on men in Herot)
what are Grendel's intentions as he comes to Herot this time?
ripped them apart, drank their blood, then ate him
what does Grendel do to the first Geat he encounters?
who does Grendel reach for next?
beowulf grabs him by the claw and crushed him
why can't grendel get away from beowulf?
describe the battle between Beowulf and Grendel
Grendel has bewitched all mortal men's weapons (can't use their weapons to harm him)
why can't Beowulf's men help him overcome Grendel?
rips his arm off of his shoulder
how does Beowulf finally defeat Grendel?
his misty, murky lake (his lair)
where does Grendel go to die?
extremely happy and thankful
reaction of Danes to the defeat of Grendel
people gather at the edge of the lake and retell the story of how Beowulf defeated Grendel
how does the legend of Beowulf grow?
at the bottom of the lake, lair, marsh
where does beowulf find grendel's mother?
how long does beowulf fall to the bottom
half a century (50 years)
how long has Grendel's mom been there?
she clutched at him savagely with her claws but she could not harm him
how does grendel's mom welcome beowulf?
other sea creatures
what tries to help Grendel's mother?
to an underwater battle hall so she could have him all to herself
where does Grendel's mother take Beowulf and why?
no sword could harm her
why was Beowulf's sword useless in battle?
his chain mail and holy God
what saved Beowulf from being killed by the mother?
a heavy sword hammered by giants
what does beowulf use to kill Grendel's mother?
it is covered with evil powers (takes evil to kill evil)
why does the sword Beowulf use work?
in the corner of the battle hall and he cuts off his head as proof for Hrothgar and Danes
where does beowulf find grendel and what does he do and why?
he takes it back to Hrothgar to prove that Grendel will no longer be a problem
what does beowulf do with Grendel's head?
king of the geats
what does Beowulf become when he returns to his home land?
how long does Beowulf reign?
a fire breathing dragon
what does Beowulf have to fight in his final battle?
the dragon is a keeper of treasure
why does Beowulf fight a dragon?
yes, because it will take weapons to kill the dragon and he can't do it without them
does beowulf plan to use weapons to kill the dragon and why?
no, his shield melts and his sword breaks off in the dragons skin
Do Beowulf's weapons help him win and why or why not?
he is mortally wounded
what happens to Beowulf in the last battle?
they flee and hide out of fear
what do Beowulf's men do?
wiglaf (Wextan's son)
who comes to help Beowulf
he made a promise to help in time of need and wants to repay Beowulf for everything he has done for him
why does Wiglaf help Beowulf?
yes, but beowulf is mortally wounded
do wiglaf and beowulf kill the dragon?
to show him the treasure of the dragon
what does Beowulf send Wiglaf to do?
"our Father in Heaven, Ruler of the Earth" for all he has given Beowulf
whom does Beowulf thank?
his necklace around his neck, helmet, rings, chain mail, kingdom
what does Beowulf give to his most loyal soldier (wiglaf)?
in a y'all tower at the edge of the water so all men may know and see his greatness
where does beowulf request to be buried and why?
what was buried with beowulf's ashes?
12 men ride around the tower on horseback telling of beowulf's greatness
what do beowulf's men then do and how many?
"no better king had ever lived"
what final praise do they give to Beowulf?
Number of men Grendel kills on his first attack
12 long winters
How long has Grendel terrorized Herot
King of the Geats
Number of soldiers Beowulf chooses to take with him
Questions Beowulf and his crew when they arrive
5 Great giants
Number of giants Beowulf drove out
Goes to Higlac and was inherited from Hrethe
Where does Beowulf's mail of armor go to if he dies and who did he inherit it from?
Hrothgar's older brother
Thane (duke) of Hrothgar
7 long nights
According to Unferth how long did Beowulf struggle
Where did Brecca land after the flood?
Land of the Brondings
Beowulf's childhood friend, whom he defeated in a swimming match. Unferth alludes to the story of their contest, and Beowulf then relates it in detail
5 long nights
According to Beowulf, hoy long did Beowulf remain by Brecca
9 sea-huge monsters
How many sea monsters did Beowulf kill when him and Brecca were separated?
Shepherd of evil, guardian of crime, Almighty's enemy
Mighty protector of men
Who gets Beowulf's sword in the Battle between Beowulf and Grendel's mom
Who will take care of Beowulf's people if Beowulf loses to Grendel's mom
Who will get the treasure if Beowulf dies in the battle between Beowulf and Grendel's mom
Hrunting (Beowulf's sword)
What was useless in the fight with Grendel's mom
The _________ of Beowulf was the last time it would ever be used
Grendel and his mom
15 or more
How many men did Grendel normally kill in one trip to Herot
In his pouch to his lair
Where does Grendel carry the dead men
Time Beowulf rules Geatland
Menace to kingdom
Why does Beowulf fight the dragon
Hot, fire breath (poison from tongue)
Describe the dragons breath
Stayed to help Beowulf
Wexstan's son (swedish)
Where was Wiglaf's weapon from
Killed Prince when he fled from Sweden
Wexstan went to him for safety
causing hatred or disgust; repulsive
A journey to a place considered sacred for religious purposes
dark and gloomy
cries of grief
a payment made for a wrong or an injury
Pulled or drawn tight
God's bright beacon
Heavens own candle
Lord of all / King of Glory
Heaven's high arc
Overseer of men
Author of Beowulf
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