Beowulf – All Characters

Beowulf – All Characters

Shield Sheafon
legendary Danish king–a “good king”–Hrothgar is one of his descendants
Halfdane
Danish king–son of Beow and father of Hrothgar, Heorogar, and Halga
Heorogar
Hrothgar’s brother–son of Halfdane
Hrothgar
king of the Danes–kingdom terrorized by Grendel. Father figure to Beowulf
Halga
another son of Halfdane
Onela
Beowulf kills this man because the Swedes kill Hygelac’s son–Heardred. Marries Hrothgar’s daughter.
Heorot
mead-hall built by Hrothgar–terrorized by Grendel
Grendel
said to be a descedant of Cain (symbolically), terrorizes Heorot and threatens the Danes until he is defeated by Beowulf–lives in the fens
Hygelac
king of the Geats, also Beowulf’s uncle, son of Hrethel and husband of Hygd
Ecgtheow
Beowulf’s father–nearly starts a feud with the Wulfings until Hrothgar pays them–that’s why Beowulf is killing Grendel for Hrothgar (part of why, at least)
Wulfgar
Hrothgar’s harold
Hrethel
Hygelac’s father, takes Beowulf in after Ecgtheow dies
Unferth
verbally challenges Beowulf on his first night in Heorot
Breca
beat Beowulf in a swimming competition–Beowulf killed more sea-monsters though
Wealhtheow
Hrothgar’s queen–good peaceweaver
Sigemund
legendary hero who killed a dragon
Fitela
Sigemund’s uncle
Heremod
Evil, power-hungry king in Sigemund’s tale. Hrothgar contrasts Beowulf to him.
Hrothulf
Hrothgar’s nephew–causes the downfall of the Danes
Finn
Frisian king in the Finnsburg Lay–married to Hildeburh, kills her brother, Hnaef but is killed by Hengest
Hnaef
Hildeburh’s brother–killed by Finn
Hildeburh
Danish princess from the Finnsburg Lay–married to Finn and loses her son and brother (Hnaef) at battle at Finn’s hall
Hengest
Danish warrior from the Finnsburg Lay–takes charge and makes a truce with the Frisians–then kills them
Hrethric
Hrothgar’s oldest son–rightful heir of the throne but Hrothulf betrays him to take the throne
Hrothmund
Hrothgar’s other son
Grendel’s Mother
wants revenge on the Danes, lives in a mere, kills Aeschere but Beowulf kills her eventually
Aeschere
Hrothgar’s friend and counsellor–killed by Grendel’s mother to lure Beowulf into fighting her
Hrunting
sword that Unferth lent to Beowulf–famous for never failing in battle but does so against Grendel’s mother
Hygd
Hygelac’s queen, good peace-weaver–contrasted with Modthryth
Modthryth
an evil queen who turned better after marrying Offa
Offa
a good king who marries Modthryth and makes her less bad
Freawaru
Hrothgar’s daughter–Beowulf forsees her marrying Ingeld and sparking a feud between the Danes and Heathobards
Ingeld
who Freawaru plans to marry–Heathobard
Handscio
the one Geat warrior that Grendel killed
Heardred
Hygelac’s heir that is slain by the Swedes
the dragon
guarded treasure for 300 years–awoken by a slave fleeing his master who got away with something. Furious and terrorizing Geatland.
Ongentheow
Swedish king who killed Haethcyn (one of Hygelac’s brothers)–killed by Eofor
Herebeald
Hrethel’s son–accidentally killed by his brother Haethcyn’s stray arrow–oldest brother
Haethcyn
killed Herebeald–not punished but not loved by Hrethel–killed by Ongentheow in feud
Eofor
Hygelac’s thane, kills Ongentheow
Wiglaf
one of Beowulf’s Geatish soldiers–only one who helps him fight the dragon, delivers one crucial blow. Similar to Beowulf.
Naegling
Beowulf’s sword, infallible until it fails him against the dragon
Wulf
Eofor’s brother–delivered crucial blow to Ongentheow but was injured by him