beowulf characters

Cain Grendel and his mother come from him, he is killed by abel
Esher the right hand man of Hrothgar killed by Grendel’s mother; led to Beowulf”s quest for their lair
Beo the son of Shield Sheafson and the father of Halfdane
beowulf he is a geat and his father is Ecgtheow. hero of the story. went to help hrothgar
brecca 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.
eanmund killed by Onela, son of Ohthere, brother of Eadgils,
edgtho He is Beowulf’s father. He is a Waegmunding by birth and a Geat by marriage. When he was younger, Hrothgar helped him settle a feud with the Wylfingas.
efor geat, married to hygelac’s unnamed daughter, killed Ongenthow to avenge his brother’s death
finn king of frisian killed by hengest
freaw She is the daughter of Hrothgar who is unmentioned until Beowulf tells about her. Beowulf believes that her marriage to a Heathobard prince will do more harm than good for the Danes.
grendel A demon descended from Cain, Grendel preys on Hrothgar’s warriors in the king’s mead-hall, Heorot. Because his ruthless and miserable existence is part of the retribution exacted by God for Cain’s murder of Abel, Grendel fits solidly within the ethos of vengeance that governs the world of the poem.
grendels mother unnamed swamp hag, terrorizes Herot, killed by Beowulf, A demon even more monstrous than Grendel, seeks revenge on Hrothgar’s men for the death of her son. Beowulf journeys to her magical, creature-filled lair beneath the swamp in order to defeat her.
healfdane The father of Hrothgar, Heorogar, Halga, and an unnamed daughter who married a king of the Swedes, Halfdane succeeded Beo as ruler of the Danes.
hondshew went to herot with beowulf. ended up being the first one eaten by grendel
hathcyn king of the Geats; killed by Swedish king, Son of King Hrethel, brother of Hygelac and Herebeald, accidentally kills Herebeald
herdred Killed by Onela, Son of Hygd. King of the Danes for a while, mother, Hygd, wanted Beowulf King over him.
hengest name of the dane responsible for killing Finn using the dazzle the duel sword
herot This is the hall that Hrothgar builds in celebration of his reign. It is the site both of many happy festivals and many sorrowful funerals.
herbald Geat prince; eldest son Hrethel; killed accidentally by Haethcyn
hrethel King of the Geats, father of Higlac, takes in Beowulf
hrothgar He is the King of the Danes at the time of Grendel’s assaults. He builds the hall Heorot as a tribute to his people and his reign.
hrothulf Hrothgar’s nephew, He betrays and usurps his cousin, Hrethic, the rightful heir to the Danish throne. His treachery contrasts with Beowulf’s loyalty to Hygelac in helping his son to the throne.
hrunting Unferth’s sword, given to Beowulf, has no effect on Grendel’s mother.
higd Hygelac’s wife, the young, beautiful, and intelligent Queen of the Geats. Hygd is contrasted with Queen Modthryth.
Higlac This King of the Geats is also Beowulf’s uncle. Upon hearing Beowulf’s courageous exploits, he gives Beowulf nearly half his kingdom.
ohthere son of ongentheow, father of eadgils and eanmund,
onela Halfdane’s son in law, Swedish King who killed Heardred during a raid on Geatland.
ongenthow king of Swedes; father of Onela & Ohthere; killed Geat king (Haethcyn); killed by Eofor
shild strong, good king, died and was put on a funeral boat, first king mentioned
sigemund He is an ancient Germanic hero whose story is recounted after the fight with Grendel. He was known as the famous dragon slayer.
unferth A Danish warrior who is jealous of Beowulf, Unferth is unable or unwilling to fight Grendel, thus proving himself inferior to Beowulf.
welthow Hrothgar’s wife, the gracious Queen of the Danes
wiglaf A young kinsman and retainer of Beowulf who helps him in the fight against the dragon while all of the other warriors run away. Wiglaf adheres to the heroic code better than Beowulf’s other retainers, thereby proving himself a suitable successor to Beowulf.
wulfgar He is one of Hrothgar’s faithful thanes. As the watchman for the Danes, he is the first to greet Beowulf and his thanes to the land of the Danes. He also deems the Geat visitors as people worthy enough to meet with Hrothgar.
Hermod the king/warrior that beowulf is told not to be like – foil each other
Bonstan father of brecca
brondings tribe we know nothing about
brosing possible reference to Brisings who made a marvelous necklace
Dagref a Frank warrior, Higlac’s killer, killed by Beowulf
Eclaf Unferth’s father
Emer son of Offa
Ermlaf dane, Esher’s younger brother
Ermric a king of the East Goths
Esher killed by GM and was Hrothgar’s advisor and friend
Fitla son (and nephew) of Siegmund
Froda chief of the Hathobards, Ingled’s father
Garmund offa’s father
Halga 3rd son of healdane, younger brother of Hrothgar, his son is Hrothulf
Hareth Higd’s father
Hathlaf a Wulfing warior killed by Edgetho, his death caused a feud settles by Hrothgar
Hemming a kinsman of offa
hergar danish king, oldest son of Healfdane, father of Herwad
hermod B’s foil
heward hergar’s son
hnaf killed by finn, his sister married finn, hengest took revenge for him
hrethric older son of Hrothgar’s sons
Hrothmund younger of hrothgar’s sons
hrothulf halga’s son, halga is hrothgar’s sister
Ingeld prince of Hathobards, Froda’s son, MARRIED TO FREW
Nagling B’s sword that he uses against the dragon
Offa married/tamed Thrith
Swerting Higlac’s grandfather
Thrith Welthow’s foil, killed innocents with false accusations, got tamed by Offa
Vels Siegmund’s father
Wayland a great smith (for armor)
Wextan Wiglaf’s father
Wulf Efor’s brother
Yrs Haldane’s daughter and married to Onela

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