Ecgtheow Beowulf's father. Ecgwela a former Danish leader. eddy a current running contrary to the main current, sometimes producing whirlpools. Eofor and Wulf fought Swedes' King Ongentheow to his death. For a chronology of the Geats' feuds, see Chickering, pp. 361–62. Eomer son of Offa. fen low, swampy land. feud-bites a kenning for wounds . Fitela nephew of Sigemund, possibly his bastard son. flagon a vessel for holding mead or other alcoholic liquids, usually made of metal or pottery and featuring a spout as well as a handle. Folcwalda father of Finn. Frankish pertaining to the Franks, a Germanic tribe in the Rhine region. Franks and Frisians Germanic tribes united in opposition to the Geats. Frisia Hygelac was killed in an apparently ill-conceived battle with the western Frisians (allies of the
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