Beowulf Character List & Flashcards

Beowulf Character List & Flashcards
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He stands to inherit the throne from Hrothgar. He is betrayed by Hrothulf.
Hrethric
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The father of Hrothgar and third king in the succession of Danish rulers.
Halfdane
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The son of Shield Sheafson and second king in the succession of Danish rulers.
Beow
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Hrothgar descends from this king. The poem opens with a brief recap of this king's rise to glory.
Shield Sheafson
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This creature mortally wounds Beowulf at the end of the epic.
The dragon
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They are the people of modern Sweden. Beowulf is one of them.
The Geats
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This is a more terrible monster that seeks to avenge its child's death. Hrunting fails to kill it, but Beowulf eventually prevails.
Grendel's mother
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He challenges Beowulf's competency by recalling a swimming contest Beowulf lost. Gifts the sword Hrunting to Beowulf after Beowulf defeats Grendel.
Unferth
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They are the descendants of Scyld Scefing.
The Danes
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This is the monster killing the Danes.
Grendel
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She is the wife of Hrothgar.
Wealhtheow
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He is King of the Danes. He believes Beowulf capable of defeating Grendel.
Hrothgar
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He is the heroic protagonist. He helps Hrothgar and Hrothgar's people defeat Grendel and Grendel's mother. He is very boastful, confident, and protective of his honor.
Beowulf
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Flashcard Content Overview

Remembering the plethora of names in Beowulf is nearly impossible... until now! These flashcards will quiz you on every minor and major character in the epic, even those not directly present in the story. Can't recall who beat Beowulf in the swimming contest? Look through these cards and find out!

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He is the heroic protagonist. He helps Hrothgar and Hrothgar's people defeat Grendel and Grendel's mother. He is very boastful, confident, and protective of his honor.
Beowulf
He is King of the Danes. He believes Beowulf capable of defeating Grendel.
Hrothgar
She is the wife of Hrothgar.
Wealhtheow
This is the monster killing the Danes.
Grendel
They are the descendants of Scyld Scefing.
The Danes
He challenges Beowulf's competency by recalling a swimming contest Beowulf lost. Gifts the sword Hrunting to Beowulf after Beowulf defeats Grendel.
Unferth
This is a more terrible monster that seeks to avenge its child's death. Hrunting fails to kill it, but Beowulf eventually prevails.
Grendel's mother
They are the people of modern Sweden. Beowulf is one of them.
The Geats
This creature mortally wounds Beowulf at the end of the epic.
The dragon
Hrothgar descends from this king. The poem opens with a brief recap of this king's rise to glory.
Shield Sheafson
The son of Shield Sheafson and second king in the succession of Danish rulers.
Beow
The father of Hrothgar and third king in the succession of Danish rulers.
Halfdane
He stands to inherit the throne from Hrothgar. He is betrayed by Hrothulf.
Hrethric
He is Hrothgar's second son.
Hrothmund
He betrays Hrethic and ascends to the throne upon Hrothgar's death.
Hrothulf
He is the trusted adviser of Hrothgar. Grendel's mother kills him.
Aeschere
He is the king of the Geats and Beowulf's uncle.
Hygelac
She is the queen of the Geats.
Hygd
He assists Beowulf in the fight against the dragon.
Wiglaf
He is the father of Beowulf.
Ecgthow
He looked after Beowulf when Beowulf's father died. He is the king of Geatland.
King Hrethel
He defeated Beowulf in a swimming contest.
Breca
He is famous for slaying a dragon before Beowulf's time.
Sigemund
He is an evil, exiled, Danish king often juxtaposed to Beowulf.
Heremod
She is the queen who punishes anyone who looks directly at her. Her marriage to Offa improves her disposition.
Queen Modthryth
He is married to Queen Modthryth. He is an exemplar of honor.
Offa
The Danes descend from this man.
Scyld Scefing

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