Beowulf Discussion Questions
As we read, please keep track of the following pieces of information.
Then, answer the
questions using complete sentences.
Answers in red please. Thanks!
Prologue and Beowulf’s Arrival (Lines 1-701):
Who is Hrothgar?
Describe his ancestors and how he came to be king.
Who is Grendel?
What is the significance of Grendel being descended from Cain?
Describe Heorot before Grendel’s attacks.
Describe Heorot after Grendel’s attacks.
Why does Grendel attack Heorot?
What do we know that the characters do not?
Who offers to help the Danes?
How do his people react to his going?
Explain how Hrothgar knows Beowulf.
For what reasons does Beowulf volunteer to help Hrothgar?
Why does Unferth bring up Beowulf ’s swimming match with Brecca? What is Unferth’s
version of events?
How does Beowulf respond?
Who is Welthow, and what is her role in Heorot?
How would you describe women’s role in
this warrior society? Provide evidence to support your response.