Beowulf wæs breme (blæd wide sprang),
Scyldes eafera Scedelandum in.
Who are the characters in this story?
Note: The charts in the textbook on page 1631 may help you sort out these people.
(also called the Scyldings)
Hrothgar, king of Denmark Heorot Hall, Danish mead hall
Wealhtheow, his wife and queen Hrothulf, nephew of Hrothgar
Freawaru, their daughter Hildeburh, married to Finn (Frisian)
Wulfgar, official at Hrothgar’s court Hnaef, Hildeburh’s brother
Unferth, heckler of Beowulf Hengest, leader after Hnaef dies
Aeschere, retainer of Hrothgar Heremod, wicked king of the Danes
Grendel, killed by Beowulf
Grendel’s mother, killed by Beowulf
(also called Weder people, southern Sweden)
Beowulf, hero of the poem
Hygelac, king of the Geats, son of Hrethel
Hygd, his wife and queen
Wiglaf, Beowulf’s loyal young retainer
Hrethel, Beowulf’s maternal grandfather
Herebeald, eldest son of Hrethel
Haethcyn, second son of Hrethel
Fire Dragon, killed by Beowulf and Wiglaf
Froda, king of the Heathobards
Ingeld, his son and prince, ultimately married to Freawaru (Danish)