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Lines 1–63 (A Royal Lineage) Beowulf starts with a legendary tale of a Danish king and his heroic deeds, and sets the tone for the entire tale. It go... Read More
Lines 64–193 (Terror at King Hrothgar's Hall) King Hrothgar grows powerful and has many loyal subjects. Hrothgar has been shown favor because of his leadership and to... Read More
Lines 194–661 (Beowulf in Heorot) Beowulf, a powerful, confident, handsome warrior motivated by loyalty and obligation to aid Hrothgar, enters the story. ... Read More
Lines 662–851 (The Battle) After the boasting and festivities are over, Beowulf lays down his weapons and prepares to meet the enemy. Meanwhile, as... Read More
Lines 852–1250 (The Celebration) A celebration ensues after Beowulf's grand defeat of Grendel. A minstrel sings Beowulf's praises and tells the tale of S... Read More
Lines 1251–1904 (Danger Returns) After the long and ceremonial evening, Hrothgar and Beowulf leave Heorot Hall for a night's rest. Unfortunately, the bat... Read More
Lines 1905–2199 (The Homecoming) Beowulf and his men sail home and arrive at the stronghold of King Hygelac of the Geats. His queen, Hygd, is introduced,... Read More
Lines 2200–2509 (Beowulf's Ascension to King) The poet moves forward rapidly in this section and describes Hygelac's demise in conflict against the Shylfings. Hygelac... Read More
Lines 2510–2891 (Beowulf's Final Battle) Beowulf again tells of his victories and sings the praises of the warriors that he has taken with him. He tells the men ... Read More
Lines 2892–3182 (Beowulf's Funeral) A messenger is told to report all that has happened and informs the people that Beowulf is indeed dead. The messenger go... Read More
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