He's no longer a young man at this point, and he's decided that fighting with a sword is more practical than using his bare hands. Read an King Hrothgar - The king of the Danes. He was killed by Finn. Its creation dates to between the 8th and the 11th centuries, the only surviving manuscript dating to circa 1010. Unferth is instantly jealous of Beowulf and tries to find flaws in him. Beowulf's Character Flaws Beowulf is depicted as a great guy. As a queen, Wealhtheow has a role to fulfill and she does it with grace.
Wulf: A warrior, a Geat and brother to Efor. Of course, they had to wear full armor and carry swords, so that they could defend themselves against sea monsters. He killed Hathcyn and was later killed by a group of Geats led by Higlac. After returning to Geatland and nobly refusing to steal the throne when his uncle King Hygelac dies, Beowulf ends up becoming king anyway after Hygelac's son, Heardred, is killed in battle. Wexstan: Father of Wiglaf and somehow related to Beowulf. Healfdane: Danish king, son of Beo and father to Hergar, Hrothgar, Halga and Yrs.
Beowulf battles two demons, first the man-eating Grendel, then Grendel's bereaved mother, defending the Danes from these vicious killers. In the end, Beowulf matures a lot because of the father-like Hrothgar and the wisdom he gave. Although he would be justified in calling Unferth out and attacking him physically, Beowulf instead uses wit and facts to correct the Dane. Ecgtheow He is Beowulf's father. Beowulf eventually kills him, with his severed arm hung as a trophy in Heorot. In addition, his self assurance, and known bravery probably guided his decision. At 3183 lines, it is notable for its length.
Hrothgar calls on Beowulf to kill Grendel, during the fight with Beowulf Grendel looses his arm. A Geatish warrior who avenged the death of by slaying during the. No further explanation is given for this or her origin. Beowulf's trusted sword, Naegling, is no match for the monster. Siegmund seems to have married his sister. Wayland: A celebrated mythic smith recounted in many Germanic poems of the period. Beowulf, with the hand-grip of 30 men, grabs hold and won't let go.
He's strong and brave, and he keeps his word. Hrothgar uses him as an example of bad kingship for Beowulf. The importance of women in Beowulf can be seen through the political power that the women had on the Danes. As he became older his great strength was taken away from him, and Beowulf found himself without one of his greatest abilities. He is often confused with the hero of the poem.
She was a 'haughty, violent young woman' who was 'tamed and gentled' by her stronger husband upon marriage. Hemming: A kinsman of Offa. The Dragon Another evil principle. In the morning, Beowulf tracks her to a dark, swampy mere where she and her son live in a cave at the bottom of the lake. If your lord, Hrethel's son, is slain by a spear, Or falls sick and dies.
Existence attested by other sources. The reader is first introduced to Beowulf as he disembarks from his ship, having just arrived in the land of the Danes Scyldings from his home in Geatland. Camelot Wulfing Hrothgar Question 2 Who is the king at the beginning of the poem? The father of and , and the brother of. The Outcast- Grendel is an outcast in the land of the Danes, which prompts his attacks on the Heorot Hall. The poem uses the word unabashedly, but a modern audience might feel uncomfortable with the concept, thinking of empty trophies in a superficial frame. He comments on the workings of Fate Wyrd , saying that it saved him but only because it was not his time and because he had fought courageously.
He rips Grendel's right claw from its shoulder socket, mortally wounding the beast and sending him scurrying in retreat. When Beowulf fights the monster, Grendel, he fights with his bare hands and says that he has 'never known fear. He shows many subtle displays of arrogance, such as fighting with his bare hands against a dangerous monster. Grendel An ogre or demon, Grendel is a descendant of the biblical murderer Cain. Typically, epic heroes are honest, hard-working, loyal, brave, of noble birth and probably good-looking, too. Her mother is unmentioned, and unimportant in this period, as women were specifically and only mentioned for their fathers and husbands, or when used as peace-gifts between feuding tribes.
A Swedish warrior of the who helps slay the dragon. Grendel: A man-eating monster who terrorizes the Danish people, until he is later killed by the warrior Beowulf. The claw hangs from Heorot's roof, a macabre trophy. The Geats' Great prince stood firm, unmoving, prepared Behind his high shield, waiting in his shining Armor. Beowulf also resembles modern heroes.
We first meet Beowulf as he sails, leading a group of Geatish warriors, to the land of the Spear-Danes, where he offers his services to King Hrothgar. Hrothgar enjoys military success and prosperity until Grendel terrorizes his realm. While they could have had greater bad effects, Beowulf carried himself well and was respected by many except for Grendel! He has the strength of thirty men in his grasp, and rather remarkable swimming ability. Even Kings Have To Die. Both of them developed an important role of being the hostesses. Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Values For the Anglo-Saxons, life was harsh. The confrontation with Grendel clearly demonstrates Beowulf's great strength, but it also illustrates his sense of fair play and his cool reasoning regarding tactics.