Beowulf 49 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
vexed
annoyed
spawned
produced
bawn
fort
ere
Before
beowulf
great warrior
lavish
expending profusely
Edgetho
Beowulf's father
Wrote Down
1000
thrashed
moved wildly
Loathsome
Disgusting, detestable
Lament
cry of grief
Hrethric
Hrothgar's oldest son
moored
tied up; secured
mettle
spirit, passion, enthusiasm
reparation
payment of damages
Fame
_________: widespread reputation.
gumption
initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness:
infringement
violation of the law
Surged
swelled or pushed violently
relished
to take pleasure in
Hrothgar
King of the Danes
Prow
front of a ship
blithe
carefree, happy, and lighthearted
mood
feeling created by literary work
depredations
act of attacking or plundering
Sept
- a branch of family
niggard
reluctant to give or spend
acknowledge
express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
woe
grievous distress, affliction, or trouble
sentinel
aperson or thing that stands watch
entwine
to wind or twist together; interweave
Brecca
fought beowulf in a swimming match
615,000
Total words in the English language.
Unferth
Hrothgar's best solider; thinks hes better than Beowulf
senstivity
quality or condition of being sensitive; fragile
Goeffery Chaucer
born 1340 and died 1400
Grendel
demon descended from Cain, terrorizes Herot, killed by Beowulf
solace
comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.
scop
the name given to the anglo-saxon poet, or shaper of tales
quell
1. to put down forcibly; suppress
2. to pacify; quiet
mail
flexible armor made of metal or chains
exult
show or feel great happiness and triumph
mead
an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water
Wassail
a salutation wishing health to that person, used in England in early times when presenting a cup of drink or when drinking to the person
stock epithet
adjectives that point out special traits of particular persons.
Weltheow
Hrothgar's wife, the gracious queen of the Danes.
turret
a small tower, usually one forming part of a larger structure.
Gielp
The origin of the modern english word yelp, it is a formalized boast.
Infamy
to have a reputation of the worst kind
prudent
adj. acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
Conscience
inner sense that tells what is right and what is wrong
Acolyte
A person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; one who attends or assists, a follower
The poem Beowulf was probably written down near what year?
725 AD
epic poetry
a long poem that tells of the adventures of one or more great heroes; epopee. An epic is written in a dignified, majestic style, and often gives expression to the characters and ideals of a nation or race.
Joseph Campbell
wrote "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" and came up with the Hero Theory
metaphor
one thing is spoken of as though it were something else ( no like or as)
Hygelac
King of the Geats in Sweden. He is Beowulf's uncle.
Hermod
A son of Odin who rode to Hel to negotiate for the return of Balder to Asgard. Bad king in the digression.
vikings & germanic tribes
2 of the groups that invaded england during the middle ages
the scops recited herotic and elegiac poetry through song
who recieted the poems and what kind were they?
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