Beowulf Questions Section 1: 1. What role does Hrothgar play in the epic? “Poets sang sad songs throughout the world, how Grendel tormented Hrothgar; how no warrior, no matter how brave, could kill Grendel. How Grendel wasn’t about to stop, or pay damages. ” Hrothgar was basically helpless there was no way he could help his men. 2. Who/What is causing so much grief in Hrothgar’s kingdom? “The evil creature, grim and hungry, “An evil creature by the name of Grendel. 3. How many years has this battle with Grendel been going on?
What attempts have been made to rid the land of this beast? “Twelve years this went on, Hrothgar suffering the greatest of sorrows. ” This went on twelve years. “They even went to heathen temples, worshipped idols, and called to the Devil for help. ” These were the attempts made to rid the land of this beast. Section 2: 1. What causes Beowulf to want to help Hrothgar? How does he get there, and how many men accompany him? “They hear of a dark enemy in the nights works violence and slaughter on the Danes. They want to help rid the beast. “So the good Geat chose the bravest warriors, fourteen of them, and that crafty sailor led them to the land’s brim, to the ship. ” Fourteen men accompanied him and they arrived there by ship. 2. Why does Hrothgar’s soldier question Beowulf about his lineage? Why is this important to that time period? “Listen: I guard here so that no forces hostile to the Danes may raid. Never has one so openly brought a ship’s army, warriors, without the permission of my kinsmen. Hrothgar’s soldier questions him because him about his lineage because he doesn’t want there to be a raid he thinks they come to attack but they don’t they come to help, this is important because at that time period they were attacked on occasion. 3. Do you see any examples of alliteration or kennings? Please find at least one example of each. Examples -Alliteration: “on the waves under the cliffs and the warriors stood at the prow as the water wound against the sand. The warriors bore into the ship’s bosom bright weapons, fitted armor. ” -Kennings: “The foamy-necked ship went out like a bird. ”