Beowulf Characters all Flashcards

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Wulfgar
Soilder
Eofor
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Hrothulf
Halga's son
bulwark
defense; protection
Edgetho
Beowulfs Father
Higd
Higlac's wife
Hrunting
Beowulf's sword
Grendel's Mother
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Hygd
Hygelac's good queen
boons
benefits; blessings; favors
nagling
Beowulf's ancestral sword
Beowulf
The strongest Geat
Hrothgar
King of the Danes
Hildeburh
Danish princess; married Finn
Ecgtheow
Beowulf's father, Hygelac's brother-in-law, and Hrothgar's friend. He is dead by the time the story begins, but he lives on through the noble reputation that he made for himself during his life and in his dutiful son's remembrances.
Wulf
Eofor's brother--delivered crucial blow to Ongentheow but was injured by him
Cyning
Anglo-Saxon word for king
Grendel
(Dane?); brutal monster that terrorizes Heorot and the Danish community; may represent fear itself or fear of the unknown; may also be an outcast Dane
Unferth
Hrothgar's spokesman who taunts Beowulf about Breca
Breca
had swimming contest with Beowulf
king of Geats
HYGELAC - who
Coast Guard Guy
the coast guard
Celt
The first settlers of Briton
Herot
mead-hall; the golden guest- hall built by King Hrothgar, the Danish ruler
Higlac
king of the Geats, Beowulf's uncle
Froda
chief of the Hathobards, Ingeld's father
Geats
People of Southern Sweden, Beowulf's people, precise identification of these people
Hrethric
Hrothgar's elder son, Hrethric stands to inherit the Danish throne, but Hrethric's older cousin Hrothulf will prevent him from doing so. Beowulf offers to support the youngster's prospect of becoming king by hosting him in Geatland and giving him guidance.
hrothmund
second son of hothgar and wealhtheow
Siegmund
the GOOD king in the story
Ongentheow
Father of Onela, killed Haethcyn, killed by Hygelac
Haethcyn
Geat; son of Hrethel who accidentally killed Herebeald
Welthow
wife of Hrothgar, gracious queen of Denmark
Wiglaf
Fought side by side with Beowulf against the dragon
Brecca
chief of the Brondings, companion of Beowulf
Eanmund
killed by Onela, son of Ohthere, brother of Eadgils,
Neagling
Beowulf's sword that snapps in half when he tries to kill the dragon
Dagref
A frank warrior, Higlac's killer, who is killed by Beowulf.
Halfdane
father of hrothgar, herogar, halga and the unnamed daughter
Sigemond
Dragon slayer who Beowulf is compared to in a sub-story sang by Hrothgar
Hrethel
King of the Geats, father of Hygelac, takes in Beowulf
Jutes
a Frisian people, or a people allied w/ (and possibly subordinate to) the Frisians.
Eadgils
Son of the Swede Ohthere who rebels against the Shylfing King
Sutton Hoo
Located near the Deben River in southeastern England, Sutton Hoo is the site of a ship burial that was unearthed by archaeologists beginning in 1939. The ship, which was 89 feet in length, had rotted away, but it left a well-preserved imprint. The body was not found—recent analysis suggests it too had rotted away—but a vast collection of Anglo-Saxon weapons, jewelry, and household items was recovered, most of it in perfect shape, thus making it the most significant Middle-Ages treasure horde ever found in Europe.
Hathcyn
a king of the Geats, Hrethel's second son, who ascends the throne after he accidentally kills his older brother, Herbald, and their father has died of grief.
epic poem
a long narrative poem that tells about adeventures of a great hero
Shield Sheafson
started out as an orphan, became the Danish King, "terror of the hall troops", book starts with his funeral, father of Beow
King Hrethel
The Geatish king who took Beowulf in as a ward after the death of Ecgtheow, Beowulf's father.
Characteristics of Epic hero (4)
Glorified, on a quest, ethical, strong (GOES)
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