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Danes (Scyldings) Scyld Scefing  A mythical figure, Scyld was the founder of the tribe of the Scyldings long before  Beowulf's story begins. His ship funeral early in the poem is a significant ritual. Hrothgar  The aging king of the Danes welcomes Beowulf's assistance in facing the menace of  Grendel. His sermon to Beowulf before the Geat champion's departure is thematically important; his  great mead-hall, Heorot, symbolizes the kingdom's success, civilization, and joy. Wealhtheow  Hrothgar's queen welcomes Beowulf and is the embodiment of charm and hospitality. Unferth  One of Hrothgar's top retainers, Unferth insults Beowulf after dipping too deeply into the  mead bowl at the first banquet. He later lends Beowulf a sword for a crucial battle. Geats (Weder-Folk or Weders) Beowulf  A mighty warrior and noble individual, the poem's hero, with the strength of 30 in his hand-
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Unformatted text preview: grip, comes to the aid of Hrothgar's Danes. Later Beowulf is king of the Geats. Wiglaf The only thane to stand with Beowulf against the dragon, he is the Geats' future king and a symbol of loyalty within the social/political structure of the comitatus . Hygelac King of the Geats and uncle to Beowulf, his death in battle (c. 520) is recorded historically, unlike most of the events in the poem. Hygd Hygelac's queen is a perfect hostess in the style of Wealhtheow and exemplifies propriety in royalty. Beowulf is loyal to her and her young son, Heardred, when Hygelac dies. Heardred Despite Beowulf's support, the young king, son of Hygelac and Hygd, is killed in a feud. Beowulf then becomes king of the Geats....
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