Beowulf Characters

Gareth Hinds
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Beowulf Scylding

Son of Scyld, father of Healfdene, grandfather of Hrothgar.

Daegrefn

The champion of the Franks. Beowulf defeats him in single combat before the armies of the Geats and the Franks, crushing him in a bear hug.

Eadgils

Son of Othere, grandson of the Swedish king Ongetheow. He and his brother Eanmund rebelled against then* uncle King Onela. They were sheltered by Heardred and the Geats. Beowulf, to avenge his cousin, supports him in a successful attempt to take the throne.

Ecglaf

Unferth's father.

Freawaru

Hrothgar's daughter, engaged to Ingeld in the hope that this would end the recurring war between the Danes and Ingeld's people, the Heathobards. Beowulf's prediction of what is likely to happen is uncannily like what the legends say did happen. The passage characterizes Beowulf as perceptive and sympathetic.

Haethcyn

Second son of Hrethel, he accidentally kills his older brother in an archery accident...

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