Beowulf: Character And Setting

Beowulf: Character And Setting

Beowulf
from Geatland (Sweden); fights Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a fire-breathing dragon; strongest warrior; boastful of accomplishments
Hrothgar
king of Danes (Denmark); land he ruled and his citizens were being pestered by Grendel; good ruler over his peoples and considerate for their safety
Grendel
descendant of Cain; invades Herot at night to feast upon sleeping warriors; appears similar to humans but larger in stature with huge claws and sharp teeth; lives in a swamp
Grendel’s mother
lives in a swampy lake; large and monstrous; vengeful over the death of her son
the dragon
lives in a tower filled with riches and treasure, can breathe fire; magical and unable to be penetrated by weapons
Halfdane
Hrothgar’s father, from Danes (Denmark)
Wiglaf
the only one good soldier left, helped Beowulf fight the dragon when everyone else fled into the forest; Beowulf’s future successor
Edgetho
Beowulf’s father
Hrethel
king from Geatland (Sweden), Higlac’s father and Beowulf’s grandfather
Herot
mead-hall built by Hrothgar; place of attacks by Grendel upon sleeping warriors
Cain
eldest son of Adam and Eve; not actually a character in the story but significant with characterization; killed his own brother
Wayland
famous blacksmith and magician
Wulfing
member of another Germanic tribe
Danes
present-day Denmark
Geatland
present-day Sweden