Beowulf

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Beowulf replies that he will immediately set forth on this new task. He says he will not allow the monster to escape, and he encourages Hrothgar not to lose heart. They saddle the horses and Hrothgar, Beowulf and some of his men go off in pursuit, following the monsters tracks in the forest paths, across …

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The Danes are soon to find that their triumph is not yet complete. Another danger lurks. Grendels mother, who lives deep in the waters, is grief-stricken by her sons death, and seeks revenge.  As the Danes sleep, Grendels mother comes to Heorot. She pounces on Aeschere, Hrothgars most trusted friend, with the intention of taking …

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After the minstrel finishes his song, the feast resumes. Hrothgars queen, Wealhtheow, tells her husband to enjoy his good fortune, and encourages him to bequeath his kingdom after his death to his nephew, Hrothulf, who is a good man and will not let them down.  More gifts are presented to Beowulf, including a torque (necklace …

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The minstrel sings about the saga of Finn and his sons. Hildeburth, a Danish princess married to Finn, the Frisian king, lost both her son and her brother in a battle at Finns hall with the Danes. The battle was indecisive, and a truce was called. Under an agreement, the remaining Danes were to be …

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Grendel makes his way to the hall from the moors. When he arrives he forces open the door. He is ready for blood, and is gleeful when he sees all the sleeping warriors and contemplates the deaths he will inflict.  But Beowulf is awake and watches Grendels every move. Grendel strikes suddenly and gobbles one …

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In Geatland (part of modern-day Sweden), the mighty King Hygelac hears about Grendel and decides to help the Danes. He enlists the best men he can find, and they set sail for Denmark. There are fourteen well-armed warriors on the boat, and an as yet unnamed leader.  When they land in Denmark after a smooth …

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But then Heorot is threatened by the appearance of a monster, a demon, who cannot bear to hear the sounds of the banquet and the songs of the harpers that come from the mead-hall. (Mead is an alcoholic drink made of fermented honey, malt, spices, and water, to which yeast has been added.) The name of …

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Beowulf begins with the legends of the warrior kings of the Danes. The most famous was Shield Sheafson, the founder of the ruling house. He was revered by his own subjects, and outlying clans were forced to pay tribute to him. Shield had a son named Beow, who became famous throughout the region for his …

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Beowulf: Summary

Lines 1-98: The Danish Warrior KingsBeowulf begins with the legends of the warrior kings of the Danes. The most famous was Shield Sheafson, the founder of the ruling house. He was revered by his own subjects, and outlying clans were forced to pay tribute to him. Shield had a son named Beow, who became famous …

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