Beowulf: Family Tree

Beowulf: Family Tree

Hrethel (Geats)
King and maternal grandfather to Beowulf (his daughter is Beowulf’s mother), father to Hygelac
Hygelac (Geats)
King after his father and Beowulf’s uncle
Hygd (Geats)
Married to Hygelac, aunt to Beowulf
Heardred (Geats)
Son of Hygelac, who later becomes king after his father. Cousin to Beowulf.
Waegmundings
Line of Beowulf’s father
Ecgtheow (Waegmunding)
Beowulf’s father, member of the Waegmundings (noble warriors, serve their king)
Beowulf (Geat and Waegmunding)
Greatest warrior in history- as strong as 30 men. Becomes king after his cousin (Heardred) dies, rules Geatland for 50 years.
Wiglaf (Waegmunding)
The only one of Beowulf’s thanes (warriors) that helped him during the battle w/ the dragon. Becomes king after Beowulf.
House of Scyld (Shield)
Royal family of Denmark, ruled by Hrothgar.
Scyld Scefing (Shield Sheafson)
First king of Denmark. Washed up on shore on a land w/o a king- becomes the best warrior and united Denmark.
Beow
Scyld’s son. Holds on to the kingdom that his father built.
Healfdane
Beo’s son, another legendary king of Denmark. Great and powerful king. Had 3 sons and 1 daughter: Hrothgar and Heorogar; Halga and Yrse.
Hrothgar
Mightiest king since Scyld. Builds Heorot (the biggest/best mead hall) and upsets Grendel. Married to Wealthow- they have 2 sons and a daughter.
Grendel
Monster killed by Beowulf, arm ripped off.
Grendel’s mother
Seeks revenge for son, killed by Beowulf.
Halga
Daughter of Halfdane