The poem Beowulf is about Beowulf Beowulf, a young warrior in Geatland southwestern Sweden , comes to the Scyldings' aid, bringing with him 14 of his finest men. Upon hearing Beowulf's courageous exploits, he gives Beowulf nearly half his kingdom. Hrothgar's minstrel tells another story at the feast, the story of the Frisian slaughter. He is succeeded by Hrólfr Kraki, his son by Yrsa. Ingeld Ingjaldus of Beowulf reappears, but it is Ingeld who is the father of Froda Frodo , and unlike in Hrólf Kraki's saga, Ingeld takes Froda's place as the half-brother of Healfdene Haldan. Roluo succeeded his father and uncle to the Danish throne.
The slaughtered Aeschere's head sits on a cliff by the lake, which hides the ogres' underground cave. In both Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian tradition, Hrothgar is a , the son of , the brother of , and the uncle of. Not content with conquering the East, he assailed Denmark, challenged its king, Ro, in three battles, and slew him. Realizing that they will be no help and that his king is about to be killed, he stands beside the old man to fight to the death — theirs or the dragon's. He becomes the best of warriors and eventually of kings, raising Denmark out of the darkness and uniting its lords. For a discussion, see e.
This man is Wiglaf, Beowulf's kinsman through Ecgtheow. Beowulf defends his reputation with such grace and persuasion that he wins the confidence of King Hrothgar and the rest of the Danes. Ecgthow, then, is Beowulf's father. At a feast before nightfall of the first day of the visit, an obnoxious, drunken Scylding named Unferth insults Beowulf and claims that the Geat visitor once embarrassingly lost a swimming contest to a boyhood acquaintance named Breca and is no match for Grendel. He is the only thane of Beowulf's that stays with him during the battle with the dragon. Not much later, Roas is killed by his half-brothers Rærecus and Frodo, whereupon Rolfo becomes the sole king of Denmark.
Indeed many feud battles he overcame. As they wait to attack the dragon, Beowulf recounts the Geat royal family's plight, in which Hygelac's oldest brothers killed each other and left their father to die of a broken heart. And now it is yours to enjoy! Ecgtheow He is Beowulf's father. It is very important to Beowulf that others see him asgreat. Magical Giant Sword Beowulf miraculously finds this wonderful weapon in the underwater cave and uses it to kill Grendel's mother.
For presentations of the archaeological findings, see e. In his old age a wyrm dragon starts to terrorize Geatland, so Beowulf goes off to killit. The deceased family wanted revenge, so families were killing people; war results. In turn, Beowulf will present these treasures to his own king, Hygelac, who will then honor Beowulf with appropriate gifts. Beowulf recounts his battle; Hrothgar praises him and gives him advice on being a king. The Danish sources Chronicon Lethrense, Annales Lundenses, Gesta Danorum all agree with Beowulf by making Hrothgar the king of Denmark.
He came to the king of the danish called Hrothgar. He slinks back to his lair in the moors and dies. The dragon is described as huge and shimmering. In an aside, the narrator compares Hygd to the queen of the ancient Offa, who is not tamed until Offa comes to subjugate her. He wanted, Heardred , Hygelac's son to serve.
Beowulf could become king then but is more loyal than ambitious. Hrothgar's minstrel sings songs of Beowulf and other great characters of the past, including Sigemund who slew a dragon and Heremod who ruled his kingdom unwisely and was punished. Main Theme -Belief in God or not; fate and faith determine who will be the best; the survivor even when the hero and villain are equal in strength and skill; favor of God wins fight. Many scholars have questioned the humanity of both Grendel and his Mother. One fact is that Eanmund and Eaddgils, the sons of Ohthere, were driven into exile by their uncle Onela, the king of the Swedes. Hygelac goes on a raiding expedition. However, they introduce a sharing of power between Hrothgar and Halga where Halga only had power over the fleet.
The dragon is a mighty opponent for Beowulf and nearly more than he can handle. Wealhtheow Hrothgar's queen welcomes Beowulf and is the embodiment of charm and hospitality. Hrothgar praises Beowulf and promises that their lands will have an alliance forever. He's learned humility or else he realizes he can't live up to it. A human would bleed to death almost immediately, but Grendel didn't. Ingeld or Froda murdered Healfdene, but was himself killed in revenge by Hrothgar and Halga.
Hildeburh Her story in recounted during the second feast for Beowulf at Heorot. Naegling Beowulf won this sword in a fight between the Geats and the Frisians. In fact, the Heathobards do later burn Heorot in events not covered by the poem but probably familiar to its audience. Although he and Wiglaf kill the dragon, the king dies. Beow is the son of Shield Sheafson and father of Halfdane. In Heorot, Grendel's arm is nailed to the wall as a trophy.
GradeSaver, 14 March 2000 Web. Beowulf leaves no heirs, so his kinsman Wiglaf becomes the next king. When Beowulf reports on his adventure to his lord , he mentions that Hrothgar also had a daughter, ; it is not clear whether Freawaru was also the daughter of Wealhþeow or was born of an earlier marriage. Generosity and Hospitality The Scyldings' King Hrothgar and Queen Wealhtheow embody the themes of generosity and hospitality. The House of Hrethel In a nutshell, the House of Hrethel is the royal family of Geatland, in Southern Sweden.