Beowulf: Plot Summary pgs. 19-30 (Lines 1-1232)
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rampage and pillage with the best of them both on the battlefield and in the mead hall
The founder of this royal line of hero-kings was Shield Sheafson, who was famous for his ability to _______________________________________________________________________.
making them pay tribute to the Spear-Danes
Shield Sheafson was an orphan, but he eventually became king and then subjugated other nearby clans, __________________________________________.
dies in the prime of his life and is buried at sea in a ship loaded with wealth and treasures
In the end, Shield Sheafson ________________________________________________________________, according to the custom of the Spear-Danes. Nobody knows what happens to it.
sympathizes with the hardships his people have endured
Shield's son is Beow, a wise, prudent, valiant prince who __________________________________________________________________
amasses the most followers and wealth of any of the princes
Halfdane's son Hrothgar is fortunate in battle and gradually ___________________________________________________, so he becomes king after his father.
builds a grand mead-hall called Heorot Hall
Hrothgar ________________________________________, which does dual duty as a throne room and a hangout for the powerful members of his "court."
gives out treasures to the men to celebrate and thank them for their help
When Heorot Hall is finished, Hrothgar _________________________________________.
hates to hear everyone drinking and partying and listening to music
A local demon named Grendel notices the presence of Heorot Hall and becomes disturbed because he ___________________________________________________________________________.
kills thirty men and takes their corpses back to the lair
One night, Grendel comes to Heorot Hall in the dead of night, when everyone is in a sleepy, alcohol-induced stupor. Grendel _________________________________________________________________..
hunting down Danes and murdering them
The next night, Grendel comes back. In fact, Grendel shows up almost every night, ____________________________________________________.
spreads throughout the world to Beowulf in Sweden
The story of Grendel's rampages, the suffering of the Spear-Danes, and the helplessness of King Hrothgar __________________________________________.
set a guard over the Geats' boat to keep it safe until they need to return home
The lookout believes Beowulf and allows him to pass; he even promises that he'll ____________________________________________________________.
dazzled by the golden majesty and obvious wealth of the hall
Leaving their boat behind, the Geats, led by the Danish lookout that met them at the coast, march inland to Heorot Hall. When they arrive, they're _______________________________________________________________________________.
knew Beowulf's father, Ecgtheow, and had met Beowulf when he was a boy
King Hrothgar realizes that he __________________________________________. Hrothgar agrees to give Beowulf an audience.
keep watch over the weapons and their safety
Beowulf and a few of his most important companions enter Heorot; everyone else stays outside to _____________________________________________.
fight Grendel in single combat without armor or weapons
Beowulf formally declares that he's going to ______________________________________________. He asks King Hrothgar for the "privilege" of "purifying" the hall.
killed someone from another tribe and had to flee
King Hrothgar responds to Beowulf's heroic declaration by recalling how he met Beowulf's father. Ecgtheow had ________________________________________________________________.
paying money to the family who desired blood vengeance
Hrothgar settled the feud by _________________________________________, so Ecgtheow swore his allegiance to Hrothgar.
lost a swimming contest on the open sea with a man called Breca
Unferth asks if this is the same Beowulf who _________________________________. If so, he says Beowulf will never defeat Grendel.
defend themselves against sea monsters and kill 9 sea monsters in the end
Beowulf has a different version: he and Breca were equally matched, swimming shoulder to shoulder, even though they were wearing armor and carrying swords so that they could _________________________________________________________________.
drinking his blood and tearing lumps off him with his teeth
Grendel grabs one of the Geat warriors and mauls him, _________________________________________________________________________.
crashing into the furniture and wrecking more of the sides of the building than anyone could have thought possible
As soon as Grendel breaks into Heorot Hall, Beowulf leaps to his feet and wrestles with Grendel for a while, ____________________________________________________________________________.
leave him unharmed and have no effect
Beowulf's men try to help him by striking at Grendel with their swords, which ____________________________________.
tearing off his arm and allowing him to bleed out while fleeing back home
At the end of the fight, Beowulf kills Grendel by ______________________________________.
giving him gifts and claiming him as an adopted son
After Beowulf's victory, King Hrothgar gives a short speech, _______________________________________________________________________________.
hates demons and people descended from Cain
The bards' songs about God's creation of the earth angered the monster because God ___________________________________________.
come ashore through a storm so fearlessly
The watchman admits that he has never seen outsiders ____________________________________, guessing that Beowulf is a noble hero.
having a good first impression given group's appearance and bearing
Beowulf introduces himself and requests to speak to the king. Wulfgar, _________________________________________________________, takes Beowulf's message immediately to Hrothgar.
possesses the strength of thirty men in each hand
Hrothgar says that he has heard tales of Beowulf's great prowess—one story holds that the Geat _____________________________________________________—and hopes that Beowulf has come to help the Danes.
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