Beowulf: Cast of Characters

Beowulf: Cast of Characters

Scyld Sciefing
legendary danish king
Hrothgar
current king of the dances; builder of a great mead-hall; son of Healdene-a good danish kind; rewards beowulf with treasure-warms beowulf about the dangers of power to corrupt; ultimately dies of old age
Hygelac
current king of the geats-a good geatish king; uncle to beowulf-son of hrethel; has a splendid hall in geatland; a valiant and noble king-beowulf’s beloved uncle
Heorot
famish danish mead-hall
Grendel
danish monster who terrorizes heorot; considered to be the son of cain-lost his arm in a battle in heorot; his flesh is impervious to swords-beheaded by beowulf; his head becomes a trophy
Beowulf
a great geatish warrior; thane and nephew to hygelac-purges heorot of a terror-slays grendel’s mother, returns to heorot with grendel’s head and sails home to geatland-a wise king who ruled geatland for 50 winters
Cain
killed his brother abel
Brecca
beowulf’s friend and swimming contest contender
Wealhtheow
hrothgar’s queen-reminds hrothulf to protect her son’s; gives beowulf a precious circlet
Healfdene
deceased danish king; father of heorogar, halga, and hrothgar
Onela
king of the sweeds
Heorogar and Halga
hrothgar’s brothers
Wulfgar
hrothgar’s herald
Ecgtheow
beowulf’s deceased father
Erethal
deceased king of the greats, beowulf’s grandfather
Unferth
becomes a more silent man-loans beowulf his sword
Hrothulf
hrothgar’s nephew; he will eventually steal the danish throne by killing his nephews who are hrothgar’s sons
Grendel’s Mother
avenges the death of grendel-a mighty mere woman; slayed by a giants sword
Aeschere
hrothgar’s conselor; grendel’s mother’s victum-his head is used to lure beowulf to a dangerous mere
Sigemund
kills a dragon who guards a treasure
Fitela
nephew and companion-in-arms of sigemund
King Heremond
an evil danish king-an ancient danish king who slaughtered his own people
Hildeburh
an unhappy danish princess who is married to the frisian king to end a blood feud; both her brother and her son die on opposite sides of the same battle
Finn
king of the frisians, husband of hildeburh
Hngef
a danish warrior; brother of hildeburh
Flame
a danish warrior who assumes leadership after hnaef’s death
Hrethre and Horthemond
sons of hrothgar and wealhtheow; danish princes; eventually victimes of hrothulf
Hrunting
an ancient sword loaned to beowulf
Hygd
hygelac’s young, but wise queen; haereth’s daughter-offers beowulf the geatish throne that belongs to her still young son
Modthryth
an evil queen who has ordered slain any courtier caught staring at her beauty
Offa
king of the angles; his marrige to modthryth tames her evil nature
Freawaru
hrothgar’s daughter, beowulf predicts that her marrige to ingled in order to end a blood faud will be unsuccessful and that heorot will ultimately be burned to the ground
Hondoscio
the geatish warrior devoured by grendel that first night in heorot
Heardred
hygelac’s son; king of the geats; slayed by the sweeds
Dragon
guards the treasure hoard of a vanished race for 300 winters
Eadgils
a swedish king
Wiglaf
given the geatish throne by beowulf; only valorous geatish warriot