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King of the Danes
Hrothgar's Great Hall
Spawn of Cain
Large room for drinking and socializing
Information passed down by word of mouth
Long, narrative poem about heroic deeds
Grendel's Rule of Herot
Beowulf is seeking...
larger-than-life character who upholds to values of his culture and performs feats of strength and cunning
kenning for ocean
kenning for shelterer of warriors
kenning for dark, murky lair
protected by God
mourn, an expression of grief or sorrow.
something that causes pain or suffering.
an abrupt or violent removal of a person, thing or group of people from an organization or place.
eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food.
well known for some bad quality or deed.
make continual twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body.
crouch down in fear.
stretched or pulled tight; not slack.
dark and gloomy, especially due to thick mist.
a pilgrim's journey, to travel a long way for religious reasons
causing hatred or disgust; repulsive.
restrain with chains
She-wolf who lives under a lake
Beowulf's final enemy
gold-covered helmet, rings, mail shirt
compensation for a wrong
invoking a Muse
a poet calls on a spirit or supernatural force for help or inspiration in telling a story.
Invoking a muse, in medias res, elevated style
acts that reveal the epic hero's extraordinary qualities and reflect the values cherished by his culture
include deities, some of whom may watch over the hero and monsters
lofty diction or word choice that heightens the importance of the events retold