Beowulf

Who is Grendel? a joyless giant
For how long did Grendel haunt Heorot Hall? 12 years
Who was Beowulf? The great hero and the strongest of the Geats, bold of heart, and strong of strife; later became the king of Geats-folk
What favor does Beowulf ask of Hrothgar? To let Hrothgar’s people rest and if Beowulf dies send his battle shirt back to his king
How does Beowulf intend to fight Grendel? Hand to hand
Why was Unferth angry? Because he didn’t have the courage to fight Grendel and someone else did
Why wouldn’t the swords of Beowulf’s men hurt Grendel? Grendel placed a spell on the weapons
How did Beowulf win the battle against Grendel? He ripped off Grendel’s arm
Who did the bard compare Beowulf to? Sigurd the Volsung
Why did Beowulf permit Grendel to kill one of his warriors? To see how Grendel fights
What did Grendel’s mother take to her den? Hrothgar’s friend’s corpse and Grendel’s arm
What does Hrothgar asks Beowulf to do? Kill Grendel’s mother
What does Beowulf ask Hrothgar to do for him if he should die? Take care of his war comrades and send his treasure to his king
What did Beowulf use to kill Grendel’s mother? A giant made sword in the cave
What two things did Beowulf take as a trophy? Grendel’s head and the jeweled hilt of the giant sword
Why does the Beowulf poet make Grendel’s mother stronger and more difficult to kill that her son? What effect does this have on Beowulf’s heroism? To make Beowulf sound more heroic and it increases his heroism
Why did the slave take the gold goblet from the barrow? To earn forgiveness from his master
What did the Dragon do for revenge? Burned the town
Why did Beowulf not listen to the nobles who advised him not to kill the dragon? Because he wants to protect his people
What did the Storm-Geats who accompanied Beowulf do when they saw a Beowulf losing the battle? They fled
Who went to help Beowulf? His nephew, Wiglaf
What does Beowulf ask Wiglaf to do after they burn his body? Build him a barrow
What happened the ten men who did not help Beowulf? They were stripped everything they had and were banished from Geat-land
What was done with the Dragon’s treasure? It was burned or buried
What are characteristics of a Germanic hero and how does Beowulf fit it? Courage, skills in battle, and loyaltyCourage- • he faced Grendel, Grendel’s mom, and the dragonSkills in battle-• fought Grendel without weapons• watched how Grendel fought before facing him• killed Grendel’s mother with a giant’s swordLoyalty-• fought the dragon to protect his people • ask Hrothgar to send his treasures to his king • he killed Grendel’s mother for Hrothgar

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