Beowulf – Chapter’s 19-31
Why does Grendel’s mother attack Herot? What does she take with her?
Grendel’s mother attacks Herot because she wants revenge for the death of her son. When she leaves, she ends up taking his arm that is hanging.
Who was Esher?
Esher is Hrothgar’s closest friend and advisor. He was eaten by Grendel’s mother.
What does Hrothgar ask Beowulf to do to Grendel’s mother?
Hrothgar asks Beowulf to seek out and kill Grendel’s Mother, if he dares.
How does Beowulf respond to Hrothgar asking him to kill Grendel’s mother?
Beowulf says yes, he will go fight Grendel’s mother to bring peace and he will fight the monster in the name of the lord, Beowulf asks for one day to look for the monster and kill it.
Describe the lake
The lake had snakes crawling on it, it was boiling with sea beast laying on the rocks, and there is blood flying around everywhere. It’s not somewhere you would want to be.
What does Unferth give Beowulf? Why?
Unferth gives beowulf his sword because Unferth knows that he isn’t brave enough to kill Grendel’s mother himself.
Describe the battle between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother.
Beowulf goes into her den under the deep swamp and fights her for several hours
How does Beowulf defeat Grendel’s mother?
Beowulf finds a giant magic sword to use to kill her because the sword he got from Unferth was doing no damage
What does Beowulf do before he swims back to land?
Beowulf grabs Grendel’s head and the hilt to the sword he used to defeat Grendel’s mother.
What do Hrothgar and the other warriors think has happened to Beowulf during the fight?
Hrothgar and the other warriors think that Beowulf died because the swamp was full of blood and Beowulf was gone for a long time.
To what does Beowulf attribute his victory? Why?
Beowulf attributes faith to his victory because God helped him win against the monsters.
What two things does Beowulf present to Hrothgar?
Grendel’s head and sword Hilt
What does Hrothgar warn Beowulf about in his speech?
Hrothgar foreshadows to Beowulf that he will die because he continuously wants pride that will ultimately end in his demise.
Describe Beowulf’s departure.
Beowulf left the land of the Geats and went to the land of the Danes. He is showered with wealth before his departure. He goes to visit Higlac and gives him the gold sword.
Who is Hygd?
The queen of the Geats, married to Higlac, very loyal, young, and intelligent
Who is Thirth?
A fierce, lying princess who would kill men who looked at her the wrong way, her father sent her to be married with Offa, a brave young soldier, and she was then praised for her generosity, nobility, and goodness
What social roles do women appear to have in the world of Beowulf?
Women are meant to serve the men and take care of them in the world of Beowulf.
What is a wergild?
The giving of a gift to another family to try to bring them together after the loss of their loved one.
What gifts does Beowulf give to Higlac? (there’s 6)
Silvery armor, a gold-carver sword, a banner, the towering helmet, and horses
What gifts does Beowulf give to Hygd? (there’s 2)
Welthow’s necklace and 3 horses
How is Beowulf rewarded by Hygelac?
A jeweled sword, 7,000 hides, land, a hall, and a throne of his own.