Beowulf

Who is Hrothgar? King of the Danes
What is Herot? The mead-houseHrothgars kingdom
Describe Grendel using 4 specific details from the text. What is he? Where does he come from (Biblically Reference)? Where does he live? What does he look like? Grendel is a monsterLooks like a beast/monster with clawsDescendent of Cane (evil)He’s the first killer/sinnerLives in the wild marshes
What irritates Grendel and becomes his motive for attacking Herot? He’s irritated because the men are partying and having a good life when he’s miserable
Give detail of Grendel’s attack. He sneaks in while they’re drunk and asleep, attacks, carries 30 of them back to his lair and rips them to shreds
Name a specific ancestor of Grendel. Cane (evil)
What happens to Herot? Why can Grendel not touch the king? Everybody leavesGrendel can’t touch the king because he’s protected by God
Who is Beowulf? Great warrior and fighter
Name the country from which Beowulf comes. Geatland (Geats)
Who is Higlac, and how is Beowulf related to him? King and Beowulf’s cousin
What does Beowulf decide to do? Why? Kill Grendel so he could get fame/become a legend
Why did Beowulf’s kinsmen urge him to go? Either because they want someone with great deeds and honors to be king or they want to get rid of him for a little while
How did the accomplishments Beowulf states he’s done? Killed many enemies and chased out 5 giants
What request does Beowulf make Hrothgar? Send his armor back home if he dies
When does Grendel arrive at Herot? At night
From where does Grendel come from? Out of the marsh
What surprises Grendel when he comes in contact with Beowulf? He was awake (??)
Why could the men’s swords not harm Grendel? He laid a spell that no mans sword could harm him
How does Beowulf kill Grendel? Pulled his arm out at the shoulder and he bled out
What does Beowulf do after Grendel escapes? Why? Hung Grendel’s arm from the ceiling for proof/glory
Give 2 descriptions (short phases) of Grendel in this section. Sharp claws and strong teeth
List 4 very specific details of Herot found in this section Iron wallGold outside of wallsBenches rattleCan’t be destroyed except with fire
Describe Grendel’s lair. (Give 3 specific details) 1 detail must be what is in the water. It’s underwaterIn the swampHis mother lives in the lake with the Leviathans
What is Grendel’s mothers motivation for going to Herot? Be specific. She wants to get revenge and avenge her dead son
After celebrating Beowulf’s victory, what occurs at Herot? Grendel’s mom attacks Hrothgars friend
Name 2 things Grendel’s mother carried back to her lair from Herot. Grendel’s armHrothgar’s friend
What do the Danes entreat Beowulf to do? What would be his reward? Kill Grendel’s mother and his reward is gold
Where does Beowulf find Grendel’s mother? In the lake, underwater moss

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