Beowulf family tree

Dane/ShieldingShield Sheafson -legendary danish king from whom Hrothgar is descended-inaugurates a long line of danish rulers and embodies the danish tribe’s highest values of heroism and leadership-poem opens w/ his rise from orphan to warrior-king
Dane/ShieldingBeow -2nd king listed in the genealogy of danish rulers-son of shield sheafson and father of halftone-presented as a gift from God to a people in need of a leader
Dane/ShieldingHalfdane -father of Hrothgar, Heorogar, Halga, and Yrsa (daughter)-succeeded Beow as ruler of Danes
Dane/ShieldingHrothgar -present king of the Danes-enjoys military success and prosperity until Grendel terrorizes his realm-father figure to Beowulf and model for the kind of king Beowulf becomes
Dane/Shielding Wealhtheow -Hrothgar’s wife, queen of the Danes-carries a goblet of mead around to the warriors during the feast, helping to establish a tone of brotherly affection between the Geats and Danes -also the order in which she passes it establishes a social ranking-peace weaver
Dane/ShieldingHeorogar son of Halfdane, Hrothgar’s brother, father of Heoroweard
Dane/ShieldingHalga son of Halfdane, father of Hrothulf
Dane/ShieldingYrsa daughter of Halfdane, married Onela-a king of the Swedes
Dane/ShieldingUnferth -danish warrior who is jealous of Beowulf-unable or willing to fight grendel, proving himself inferior to Beowulf
Dane/ShieldingHrethric -Hrothgar’s elder son-stands to inherit the Danish throne, but Hrethric’s older cousin Hrothulf will prevent him from doing so
Dane/ShieldingHrothmund -The second son of Hrothgar
Dane/ShieldingHrothulf -Hrothgar’s nephew (son of Halga), gets taken in by Hrothgar-betrays his cousin, Hrethic, the rightful heir to the Danish throne-treachery contrasts with Beowulf’s loyalty to Hygelac in helping his son to the throne
Dane/ShieldingAeschere -Hrothgar’s trusted adviser-killed by grendel’s mother
Dane/ShieldingFreawaru -3rd child of Hrothgar-marries Ingeld the Heathobard
GeatsHrethel -Geatish king who took Beowulf in-in dilemma bc of Herebeald’s death-dies of a broken heart-3 sons and a daughter
GeatsHerebeald -is accidentally killed with an arrow by Haethcyn -son of Hrethel-his death is an example of wergild
GeatsHaethcyn -kills Herebeald with arrow-son of Hrethel
GeatsHygelac -son of Hrethel, king of Geats after Hrethel dies-Beowulf’s uncle, husband of Hygd
GeatsHygd -wife of Hygelac-when Hygelac dies, she offers the throne to Beowulf first instead of her own son, Heardred
Geatsdaughter “Berthgar” -daughter of Hrethel-marries Ecgtheow-mother of Beowulf
GeatsEcgtheow -father of Beowulf, dies-lives on through noble reputation he made for himself during his life and in his dutiful son’s remembrances-Hrothgar’s friend, Hygelac’s brother-in-law
GeatsBeowulf -protagonist of the epic-Geatish hero who defeats Grendel, Gendel’s mother, and a dragon-boasts and encounters reveal him to be the strongest, ablest warrior around-personifies best values of the heroic culture and proves to be a wise and effective ruler in old age-becomes king of the Geats when Heardred dies
GeatsHeardred -eldest son of Hygelac-Beowulf helps him become king-becomes king, gets killed, then Beowulf takes over
The SwedesOnela -1 of 2 sons of Ongentheow-marries Yrsa, the daughter of Halfdane
GeatsWiglaf -young kinsman and retainer of Beowulf who helps him in the fight against the dragon while all of the other warriors runs away-proves himself a suitable successor to Beowulf

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