hon. eng. 3 beowulf midterm Flashcards

Terms Definitions
hrothgar
son of healfdane, king of the danes
beowulf
higlac's strong nephew, a geat
higlac
beowulf's lord, a king of the geats
higd
higlac's wife
wiglaf
son of wextan, fights the dragon with Beowulf
freaw
hrothgar's daughter
finn
a Frisian king who attacked Hnaf with no warning
grendel
a man-eating monster who terrorized the Danes
grendel's mother
takes revenge for the death of her son
dragon
kills beowulf
brecca
engages in a swimming competition with Beowulf
unferth
spoke harshly because he was "vexed by beowulf's adventure"
edgetho
beowulf's father
hnaf
a danish king whose sister married finn
esher
is killed by Grendel's mother
hermod
became so proud that he stopped listening to people
thrith
the once violent woman who is tamed by her husband
herdred
higlac's son
offa
is credited with taming his wife
hengest
hnaf's follower who rises against finn
who decided the build the Dane's mead hall?
hrothgar
what was the name of the dane's mead hall?
herot
why did the people stop celebrating in the danish mead hall?
a monster began terrorizing the mead hall
from whom does grendel descend?
cain
how long is herot empty before Beowulf comes?
12 years
what does the council's decision to make sacrifices to the old stone gods indicate about their situation?
they are miserable and feel like God has forsaken them
"The ship foamed through the sea like a bird" is an example of
simile
sea-road is an example of
kenning
why does beowulf say he has come to denmark?
to rid the country of the creature that has been terrorizing them
what weapon does Beowulf use in fighting Grendel?
his hands
what does Unferth call beowulf upon meeting him?
lucky, boastful fool, proud
of what does Beowulf accuse unferth?
killing his brothers
who is Wealthow?
hrothgar's queen
how many of Beowulf's men does Grendel kill?
one
what part of Grendel's body is left behind after his battle with Beowulf?
his arm
who is contrasted with hermod is the poet's song?
siegmund
why does hermod deserve to suffer and die?
he was too proud, he could hear no voices but his own, he suffered from vanity
what part of Herot was left unharmed in the fight between Beowulf and Grendel?
the roof
what does hrothgar give Beowulf at the Banquet?
a golden banner, a helmet, coat of mail and an ancient sword, and horses
what does Grendel's mother take from Herot?
grendel's claw and one victim
"it is better for us to all avenge our friends, not mourn them forever" is spoken by whom?
beowulf
according to beowulf what is the noblest of goals?
fame after death
who leads the men to Grendel's mother?
hrothgar
what does unferth give beowulf before beowulf battles grendel's mother?
hrunting
after Beowulf returns with Grendel's head, what does Hrothgar remind him about>
hermod and his dangerous powers, the value of generosity, and the dangers of pride
why did it take Beowulf so long to go help Hrothgar in the first place?
higlac was afraid to let beowulf go
what does Beowulf think about Hrothgar's plan to marry of his daughter in an effort to settle a feud?
it will not work because women do not bring peace for long
why does the dragon terrorize Beowulf's people?
because a slave stole his gem-studded cup
how to Wiglaf encourage Beowulf to fight?
he tells him to fight to keep his fame
what is the name of the sword Beowulf uses to fight the dragon?
Nagling
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