Beowulf: Main Characters

Beowulf: Main Characters

Hrothgar
Danish king, builder of Herot
Beowulf
Son of Edgetho, Higlac’s nephew and follower, later king of Geats
Higlac
King of Geats, Beowulf’s feudal lord/uncle
Higd
Higlac’s wife
Wiglaf
Geat warrior, accompanies Beowulf in fight with the dragon, become king after Beowulf dies
Freaw
Hrothgar’s daughter, danish princess, married off to settle a fued
Grendel
descendant of Cain, man-eating monster who terrorizes the Danes until Beowulf kills him
Grendel’s mother
swamp hag, terrorizes Herot after Grendel is killed, stops when Beowulf chops her head off
Dragon
Powerful serpant that gaurds treasure, bites Beowulf that leads to his death
Brecca
chief of the Brondings, companion of Beowulf
Unferth
One of Hrothgar’s warriors, jealous of Beowulf, lent his sword to Beowulf to fight Grendel’s mother
Edgetho
Beowulf’s father, notable warrior married to Hrethel’s daughter
Esher
Danish nobleman, close friend of Hrothgar, killed by Grendel’s mother
Hermod
historical danish king, has very low character
Thrith
Offa’s wife, violent young women until she is tamed by her husband
Offa
King of angles, husband and tamer of Thrith
Hrunting
Unferth’s ancient sword lent to Beowulf to fight Grendel’s mother
Nagling
Beowulf’s sword
Geats
people of Southern Sweden, Beowulf’s people, precise identification of these people
Danes
People terrorized by Grendel and his mother, people of Denmark
Anglo-Saxon virtues (4)
bravery, loyalty, generous, friendship (BLGF)
Characteristics of Epic hero (4)
Glorified, on a quest, ethical, strong (GOES)