Beowulf eBook

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Hrothulf.—­Probably a son of Halga, younger brother of Hrothgar.  Certainly on terms of close intimacy in Hrothgar’s palace.—­16_26; 18_57.

Hrunting.—­Unferth’s sword, lent to Beowulf.—­22_71; 25_9.

Hugs.—­A race in alliance with the Franks and Frisians at the time of Higelac’s fall.—­35_41.

Hun.—­A Frisian warrior, probably general of the Hetwars.  Gives Hengest a beautiful sword.—­18_19.

Hunferth.—­Sometimes used for Unferth.

Hygelac, Higelac.—­King of the Geats, uncle and liegelord of Beowulf, the hero of the poem.—­His second wife is the lovely Hygd, daughter of Haereth.  The son of their union is Heardred.  Is slain in a war with the Hugs, Franks, and Frisians combined.  Beowulf is regent, and afterwards king of the Geats.—­4_6; 5_4; 28_34; 29_9; 29_21; 31_56.

Hygd.—­Wife of Higelac, and daughter of Haereth.  There are some indications that she married Beowulf after she became a widow.—­28_37.

Ingeld.—­Son of the Heathobard king, Froda.  Marries Hrothgar’s daughter, Freaware, in order to reconcile the two peoples.—­29_62; 30_32.

Ingwins.—­Another name for the Danes.—­16_52; 20_69.

Jutes.—­Name sometimes applied to Finn’s people.—­17_22; 17_38; 18_17.

Lafing.—­Name of a famous sword presented to Hengest by Hun.—­18_19.

Merewing.—­A Frankish king, probably engaged in the war in which Higelac was slain.—­40_29.

Naegling.—­Beowulf’s sword.—­36_76.

Offa.—­King of the Angles, and son of Garmund.  Marries the terrible Thrytho who is so strongly contrasted with Hygd.—­28_59; 28_66.

Ohthere.—­Son of Ongentheow, king of the Swedes.  He is father of Eanmund and Eadgils.—­40_35; 40_39.

Onela.—­Brother of Ohthere.—­36_15; 40_39.

Ongentheow.—­King of Sweden, of the Scylfing dynasty.  Married, perhaps, Elan, daughter of Healfdene.—­35_26; 41_16.

Oslaf.—­A Dane of Hnaef’s party.—­18_24.

Ravenswood.—­The forest near which Haethcyn was slain.—­40_31; 40_41.

Scefing.—­Applied (1_4) to Scyld, and meaning ‘son of Scef.’


Scyld.—­Founder of the dynasty to which Hrothgar, his father, and grandfather belonged.  He dies, and his body is put on a vessel, and set adrift.  He goes from Daneland just as he had come to it—­in a bark.—­1_4; 1_19; 1_27.

Scyldings.—­The descendants of Scyld.  They are also called Honor-Scyldings, Victory-Scyldings, War-Scyldings, etc. (See ‘Danes,’ above.)—­2_1; 7_1; 8_1.

Scylfings.—­A Swedish royal line to which Wiglaf belonged.—­36_2.

Sigemund.—­Son of Waels, and uncle and father of Fitela.  His struggle with a dragon is related in connection with Beowulf’s deeds of prowess.—­14_38; 14_47.

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