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Glossary of English Beowulf Test

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Shield Sheafson
orphan; great warrior -> “one good king”; sets up Shielding ‘dynasty’ in
Daneland (Netherlands)
Beow
Shield’s son; gives out rings and presents to people when his father is still alive -> many
friends and a strong army
“Great” Halfdane
warlord, son of Beow; 3 sons Heorogar, Hrothgar, and the good Halga and a
daughter who marries Onela the Swede
Hrothgar
favored by fortunes of war; built mead-hall; king of Danes when Beowulf comes
Breca
Beowulf’s opponent in swimming competition
Unferth
insults BW; gives Beowulf his sword Hrunting
Wealhtheow
wife of Hrothgar
Hildeburh
Danish princess; wife of Finn(Frisian king); Hoc’s daughter
Hnaef
Hildeburh’s bro; killed by Finn
Hengest
takes over the Danes and retaliates on Finn, and takes back Hildeburh
Hygelac
lord and uncle of Beowulf
Hygd
wife of Hygelac
Queen Modthryth
opposite in character of Hygd, until she gets married
Offa
king; husband of Modthryth; lots of good deeds
Hrethel
Hygelac’s dad
Herebeald
Hygelac’s oldest brother; killed by accident by Haethcyn during a hunting trip
Haethcyn
older that Hygelac, but younger that Herebeald; killed by Ongentheow when he was
king
Wiglaf
BW best thane; helps BW kill dragon; last of BW relatives
Eofer
kills Ongentheow
Weohstan
Wiglaf’s father; killed Eanmund (Onela’s nephew)
Heremod
strong thane (like BW)-> evil king who kills his own comrades
Aeschere
Hrothgar’s best friend and counselor
Handscio
1st and only Geat killed by Grendel
Grendel
evil giant from the line of Cain
Grendel’s mom
mom of grendel. fights beowulf for revenge...and loses
Hrunting
sword
D a z z l e – t h e – d u a l
sword. Owned by Hunlafing
Naegling
guess what, its another sword

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