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A brief set of descriptions on the characters in 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


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


Son of Shield Sheafson, father of Halfdane


Father of Hrothgar, Heorogar and Halga; Succeeded Beow


Wife of Hrothgar


Warrior who refuses to battle Grendel; jealous of Beowulf


Hrothgar's elder son who is offered advice by Beowulf


Beowulf's uncle


Helps Beowulf fight the dragon whilst all the others run away


Beowulf's Father

Kind Hrethal

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


Hygelac's wife

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