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Beowulf Character List

A brief set of descriptions on the characters in Beowulf
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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