Beowulf – Character Analysis

Beowulf – Character Analysis

Shield Sheafson
first danish king, father of Beow, used to be an abandoned child(foundling), put in a box on a boat filled with treasures when he was a baby, when he dies he was set out to sea on a boat
Beow
shield sheafson’s son, father of Halfdane. 2nd king listed in Genealogy of Danish Rulers, a Geat Thane
Halfdane
Beow’s son, father of Hrothgar, Halga, and Heorogar( 3 sons) he had a daughter but we don’t know her name
Hrothgar
son of Halfdane, King of Danes, built a Mead hall(Herot)
Hygelac
king of the Geats, married to hygd, father of Hydred
Herot
the Mead Hall created by Hrothgar, place for drinking, parties, and talking about great exploits during battle
Grendel
demonlike creature, terrorizes Herot (goes to hall at night, people are scared and dont go into the hall at night), descendant of Cain (biblical figure)
Wealhtheow
Queen of Danes, Hrothgar’s wife
Hrethic and Hrothmond
sons of Hrothgar and Wealtheow
Freawaru
daughter of Hrothgar and Wealtheow, engaged to Ingeld
Breca
childhood friend of Beowulf, Beowulf’s opponent in a famous swimming match, (lasted 5 days, Beowulf killed 9 sea monsters, that was his excuse for not winning, because he was busy killing the sea monsters)
Hrethel
adopted Beowulf as his son, gave up his daughter to Ecgtheow(Beowulf’s father)
Ecgtheow
Beowulf’s father, gave up Beowulf to Hrethel
Hrothulf
Hrothgar’s nephew, Wealtheow says he should be the next king because her sons are still kids
Unferth
son of Ecglaf, Thane of Hrothgar, guy who challenged/tries to discredit Beowful and was criticizing him, infamous for killing some of his family
Heremod
King of former times, brought up in songs and old stories, example of a bad king
Sigemund
mentioned in songs sung by the king’s thane, he killed a dragon (who was guarding a treasure), foreshadows that Beowulf is going to kill a dragon(that is also guarding a treasure)
Aeschere
killed by grendel’s mom, Hrothgar’s best advisor and one of his closest friends
Hydred
Hygelac’s son
Wiglaf
only soilder that stayed with Beowulf when he went to fight the dragon, only loyal member of Beowulf’s last troop to the dragon
3 things Beowulf gave to Wiglaf
chainmail, helmet, gold collar
Naegling
Beowulf’s sword that he uses against the dragon,
Dazle the Duel
famous sword used to kill Finn
Hrunting
name of sword given to Beowulf by Unferthslashes at Grendels mom using the sword and it doesnt do anything so they fight by hand, then he sees a sword on the wall and cuts grendels mom, then cuts grendels head and puts it on a sword, but the sword melts because grendels blood has poison on it
Handscio
first man of Beowulf’s killed by Grendel’s mom
Eofor
killed Ungtheow for Hygelac
time period of the story
600 AD
story recited and told orally in Europe in what time period?
700-900 AD
when is the story finally written down?
1000 AD
Herebeald, Haethcyn
Hygelac’s brothers, sons of King Hrethel, Herebeald accidentally killed Haethcyn, Haethcyn killed in battle by Ungtheow, King Hrethel died of grief, why Hygelac became King
Heathobards
Ingeld’s clan
Geats
Scandinavian people who are wiped out by the swedes after the events of Bewoulf
Wulfgar
Herald at Hrothgar’s mead hall
Heardred
Hygelac’s son for a short period of time before Beowulf
Grendels’ mother
a demon who seeks revenge for the murder of her son
Hildeburh
Queen of Danish descent who lost son and brother in a war with the Frisians, wife of Finn and Queen of the Frisians
Hnaef
Brother of Hildeburh and King of Danes who was killed in the war with the Frisians
Finn
Leader of the Frisians, a Jute tribe
Hengest
A Dane living in Friesland after the war who seeks revenge
Halga
Hrothgar’s younger brother
Heorgar
Hrothgar’s older brother