Beowulf Characters/ Anglo- Saxon dates

Beo a Danish king, Healfdane’s father
Beowulf son of Edgetho, Higlac’s nephew and follower
Brecca beats Beowulf in a swimming contest
Eclaf Unferth’s father
Efor a Geat warrior who kills Ongentho, the Swedish king, and is given Higlac’s daughter as a reward
Edgetho Beowulf’s father, a notable warrior married to Hrethel’s one daughter (Beowulf’s mother who is never named)
Esher a Danish nobleman, high in the councils of King Hrothgar, and long his close and trusted friend. He is killed by Grendel’s mother
Finn a Frisian king, married to Hnaf’s sister
Freaw a Danish princess, Hrothgar’s daughter. She is given in marriage to Ingeld, a Hathobard prince, in the vain hope of settling the feud between the two peoples.
Froda cheif of the Hathobards, father of Ingeld
Grendel a man-eating monster who terrorizes the Danes until killed by Beowulf
Halga a Danish prince, third son of Healfdane, younger brother of Hrothgar, and father of Hrothulf. He predeceased King Hrothgar by some twenty years/
Healfdane a Danish king, Beo’s son and father of Hergar, Hrothgar and Halga
Herbald a prince of the Geats, Hrethel’s oldest son. He is killed in a hunting accident by his brother Hathcyn, and his necessarily unavenged death causes his father to die of grief
Hermod a historic Danish king or great military prowess combined with the lowest possible character
Higd Higlac’s wife, Hareth’s daughter. Her name means “thoughtful” or “prudent”
Higlac king of the Geats, Hrethel’s son, Beowulf’s feudal lord and his uncle
Hnaf a Danish king, killed by Finn; his sister was Finn’s wife
Hrethel a king of the Geats, Higlac’s father, Beowulf’s grandfather
Hrothgar a Danish king, builder of Herot, and beneficiary of Beowulf’s courage
Hrothulf Halga’s son, Welthow says he is predicted to take over the Danish throne
Hrunting Unferth’s ancient sword
Ingeld a prince of the Hathobards, Froda’s son, married Freaw, the Danish princess
Nagling name of Beowulf’s sword
Offa king of the Angles (British), husband and tamer of Thrith
Onela a Swedish king, younger son of Ongentho, seized the Sweish throne after his older brother’s death and his brother’s sons fled to Herdred, the king of the Geats
Ongentho a Swedish king, mighty in battle and obviously respected by the poet, kills Hathcyn, and was killed by a group of Geats lead by Higlac
Shild Danish king, Beo’s father, Healfdane’s grandfather, Hrothgar’s great-grandfather, mythological
Thrith Offa’s wife, and a type of haughty, violent young woman very like Katherina in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew
Unferth one of Hrothgar’s coutiers, skillful with words and also a man of considerable reputation as a warrior. His sword is lent to Beowulf to fight Grendel’s mother
Welthow Hrothgar’s queen, many of her speeches are filled with tragic implications
Wiglaf a Geat warrior, more or less vaguely related to Beowulf, chosen to accompany Beowulf to the aged hero’s fight with the dragon, seems to have become king after Beowulf’s death
Wextan Wiglaf’s father
Wulfgar Hrothgar’s herald
510-600 date: King Arthur
563 date: Iona monastery founded
597 date: Augustine’s mission
750 date: Beowulf was composed
673 date: Bede
871 date: Alfred the great
1066 date: Norman conquest

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