Herebeald.—Eldest son of Hrethel, the Geatish king, and brother of Higelac. Killed by his younger brother Haethcyn.—34_43; 34_47.
Heremod.—A Danish king of a dynasty before the Scylding line. Was a source of great sorrow to his people.—14_64; 25_59.
Hereric.—Referred to as uncle of Heardred, but otherwise unknown.—31_60.
Hetwars.—Another name for the Franks.—33_51.
Healfdene.—Grandson of Scyld and father of Hrothgar. Ruled the Danes long and well.—2_5; 4_1; 8_14.
Heardred.—Son of Higelac and Hygd, king and queen of the Geats. Succeeds his father, with Beowulf as regent. Is slain by the sons of Ohthere.—31_56; 33_63; 33_75.
Heathobards.—Race of Lombards, of which Froda is king. After Froda falls in battle with the Danes, Ingeld, his son, marries Hrothgar’s daughter, Freaware, in order to heal the feud.—30_1; 30_6.
Heatholaf.—A Wylfing warrior slain by Beowulf’s father.—8_5.
Heathoremes.—The people on whose shores Breca is cast by the waves during his contest with Beowulf.—9_21.
Heorogar.—Elder brother of Hrothgar, and surnamed ‘Weoroda Raeswa,’ Prince of the Troopers.—2_9; 8_12.
Hereward.—Son of the above.—31_17.
Heort, Heorot.—The great mead-hall which King Hrothgar builds. It is invaded by Grendel for twelve years. Finally cleansed by Beowulf, the Geat. It is called Heort on account of the hart-antlers which decorate it.—2_25; 3_32; 3_52.
Hildeburg.—Wife of Finn, daughter of Hoce, and related to Hnaef,—probably his sister.—17_21; 18_34.
Hnaef.—Leader of a branch of the Danes called Half-Danes. Killed in the struggle at Finn’s castle.—17_19; 17_61.
Hondscio.—One of Beowulf’s companions. Killed by Grendel just before Beowulf grappled with that monster.—30_43.
Hoce.—Father of Hildeburg and probably of Hnaef.—17_26.
Hrethel.—King of the Geats, father of Higelac, and grandfather of Beowulf.—7_4; 34_39.
Hrethla.—Once used for Hrethel.—7_82.
Hrethmen.—Another name for the Danes.—7_73.
Hrethric.—Son of Hrothgar.—18_65; 27_19.
Hreosna-beorh.—A promontory in Geat-land, near which Ohthere’s sons made plundering raids.—35_18.
Hrothgar.—The Danish king who built the hall Heort, but was long unable to enjoy it on account of Grendel’s persecutions. Marries Wealhtheow, a Helming lady. Has two sons and a daughter. Is a typical Teutonic king, lavish of gifts. A devoted liegelord, as his lamentations over slain liegemen prove. Also very appreciative of kindness, as is shown by his loving gratitude to Beowulf.—2_9; 2_12; 4_1; 8_10; 15_1; etc., etc.
Hrothmund.—Son of Hrothgar.—18_65.