Beowulf

Where is Beowulf from? Geatland
Who is Beowulf’s father? Ecgtheow
Who rules Geatland at the beginning of the poem? Hygelac
The first night that Grendel attacked the mead-hall, Heorot, how many Scyldings did he kill? Thirty
How does Beowulf kill Grendel? He tears off Grendel’s arm at the shoulder with his bare hands.
Who are the Scyldings? Hrothgar’s warriors
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
What is Grendel’s mother’s name? She is never named
Grendel’s mother abducted and decapitated Aeschere. Who was Aeschere? Hrothgar’s most trusted advisor
Who lends Beowulf a sword to fight Grendel’s mother? Unferth
What does Hrothgar’s wife, Wealhtheow, give Beowulf? A torque
How does Beowulf become King of the Geats? He takes the throne when Hygelac’s son dies
Why did the dragon threaten Geatland? A bejeweled cup was stolen from its hoard
What was the name of the sword Beowulf used to fight the dragon? Naegling
Who was the only one of Beowulf’s retainers that didn’t run away when he fought the dragon? Wiglaf
What is Herot? Herot is the sumptuously-built meadhall ordered by the Danish king, Hrothgar. It is a beautiful, huge, towering place with hammered gold gables.
Why is Hrothgar’s lineage given? Hrothgar’s lineage is given to establish that he is a king. It also serves to ready the audience for the kind of poem it enjoys—one dealing with royalty, myths, or history.
Why has Grendel been exiled? Grendel has been exiled, together with all monsters, goblins, and forms of evil-by the Almighty- condemned to live beneath the earth.
How long does Grendel haunt Herot? Twelve winters

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