Beowulf: Main Info

Beowulf: Main Info

Where is the Beowulf manuscript today?
In the British Library
The first transcription of the Beowulf poem was made by Icelandic scholar Grimur Jonsson Thorkelin in 1818. At this time, Thorkelin translated the poem from Old English into what language?
Latin
What happened to the manuscript in 1731?
It was damaged in a fire
Scholars believe the original manuscript was inscribed by how many different people?
Two
How many copies of the Beowulf manuscript survive from the 11th century?
Only One
The Beowulf poem is believed to have been composed sometime in the seventh century, but it wasn’t written down until when?
About the year 1000
Beowulf’s body was burned on a funeral pyre. What happened to his ashes?
They were buried in a barrow on the headland of the coast
Who was the only one of Beowulf’s retainers that didn’t run away when he fought the dragon?
Wiglaf
What was the name of the sword Beowulf used to fight the dragon?
Naegling
Why did the dragon threaten Geatland?
A bejeweled cup was stolen from its hoard
How does Beowulf become King of the Geats?
He takes the throne when Hygelac’s son dies
Where is Beowulf from?
Geatland
Who is Beowulf’s father?
Ecgtheow
Who rules Geatland at the beginning of the poem?
Hygelac
What is a scop?
a poet
Who are the Scyldings?
Hrothgar’s warriors
The first night that Grendel attacked the mead-hall, Heorot, how many Scyldings did he kill?
Thirty
How did Hrothgar know of Beowulf?
Hrothgar had done a favor for Beowulf’s father
What jealous character taunts Beowulf during the festivities in Heorot?
Unferth
In Heorot, Beowulf relates the tale of how he defeated his childhood friend, Breca, in what kind of competition?
a swimming race