Beowulf: Epic Analysis – Lines 1-300

Beowulf: Epic Analysis – Lines 1-300

Who was Shield Sheafson?
Warrior king – leader of the Spear Danes
When Shield Sheafson died, what was done to his body?
He was put on a boat, loaded with treasure and weapons, and set adrift
Where did Shield Sheafson come from?
No one knows… he was a foundling
Where did Shield’s boat sail after it was set adrift
No one knows – he came from the unknown, and returned to the unknown
How is Shield Sheafson related to Hrothgar?
Hrothgar is his great-grandson
What does Hrothgar build?
Hall Heorot
What is Hall Heorot?
An extremely large mead-hall – said to be one of the wonders of the world
Grendel
An evil demon who wages war on Hall Heorot
Who is Grendel descended from?
Cain
Why does Grendel wage war on Hall Heorot?
He hates the noise from the hall
When Grendel first attacks, how many men does he kill?
30
How do Hrothgar and his folk deal with Grendel haunting their hall?
They abandon it every night
How long has Grendel haunted the hall?
12 years
What can’t Grendel approach in the hall?
the throne
To whom do the Danes turn for help with Grendel?
Pagan idols
Who comes to kill Grendel?
Beowulf
Where does Beowulf come from?
Geatland
Where does Beowulf want King Hrothgar’s men when he attacks Grendel?
Out of the hall
What does Beowulf say will happen if he loses his fight with Grendel?
Grendel will eat his men, then take Beowulf to his lair and eat him as well
What will Beowulf not use to fight Grendel?
Weapons
What does Beowulf give Hrothgar to send home if he dies?
A piece of his armor