Beowulf: Family Tree
King and maternal grandfather to Beowulf (his daughter is Beowulf’s mother), father to Hygelac
King after his father and Beowulf’s uncle
Married to Hygelac, aunt to Beowulf
Son of Hygelac, who later becomes king after his father. Cousin to Beowulf.
Line of Beowulf’s father
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.
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.
Scyld’s son. Holds on to the kingdom that his father built.
Beo’s son, another legendary king of Denmark. Great and powerful king. Had 3 sons and 1 daughter: Hrothgar and Heorogar; Halga and Yrse.
Mightiest king since Scyld. Builds Heorot (the biggest/best mead hall) and upsets Grendel. Married to Wealthow- they have 2 sons and a daughter.
Monster killed by Beowulf, arm ripped off.
Seeks revenge for son, killed by Beowulf.
Daughter of Halfdane