Then straight was the horror, to beowulf published, early forsooth, that his own native homestead,1. The best of buildings, was burning and melting, —. Twas a grief to the spirit, Of the good-mooded hero, the greatest of sorrows: he fears that heaven is punishing him for some crime. The wise one weened then, that wielding his kingdom, gainst the ancient commandments, he had bitterly angered, The lord everlasting: with lorn meditations, —. His bosom welled inward, as was nowise his custom. The fire-spewing dragon, fully had wasted, The fastness of warriors, the water-land writing outward, The manor with fire. The folk-ruling hero, prince of the weders, was planning to wreak him.
Contents, listen as you read along. The dragon spits fire. The stranger began then, to vomit forth fire, to burn the great manor; the blaze then glimmered, for anguish to earlmen, not anything living, was the hateful air-goer, willing to leave there. The war of the worm, widely was noticed, —. The feud of the foeman, afar and anear, how the enemy injured, the earls of the geatmen, harried with hatred: back he hied to the treasure, to the well-hidden cavern, ere the coming of daylight. He had circled with fire, the folk of those regions, dissertation —. With brand and burning; in the barrow he trusted, In the wall and his war-might: the weening deceived him. Beowulf hears of the havoc wrought by the dragon.
Beowulf by then is old and yet he still goes to fight the Dragon and takes a group of men with him. When they arrive all but one of them flea, wiglaf, he helps kill the Dragon, who slashed at beowulf's throat causing him to die. Beowulf did make a speech before dying saying that Wiglaf was the last true warrior. Wiglaf later yelled at the other men for running away. And when all was said and done the danes built beowulf a funeral pyre to honor him. In the end it is obvious that beowulf was a legend to the danes and his legacy lived on for thousands of years. Wiglaf's bravery at the end to help beowulf defeat the dragon makes beowulf proud and is in the tradition of great warriors like beowulf.
Beowulf, introduction and Background
Grendel reaches to eat beowulf, who grabs Grendel's arm and rips it off. Grendel fleas leaving a long trace of blood, master and beowulf and his men rejoice knowing Grendel is dead. He then hangs the arm up while the men rejoice. Later that night Grendel's mother comes to the mead hall to avenge her son's death and snatches up one soldier quickly while also picking up her son's arm. She fleas quickly however because she does not have the strength to battle like her son. Beowulf and his men are enraged so they follow her to her home under a lake. Beowulf dives into the lake and finds her lair.
He struggles with her and eventually finds a sword that is shining from the light of God, he takes and uses it to behead her. He later chops the head off of the dead Grendel and takes it to the surface. He comes out of the water and his men are all joyful as they go to give the great news to Hrothgar. Hroghgar is ecstatic and gives gifts to the men. Summary 50 years later beowulf is the king of the danes, a dragon is terrorizing the people.
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Grendel: the king of Danes, attacks the resident warriors of the mead hall of Hroogar. Grendels mother, an unnamed dragon, summary, the danish king Hrothgar was enjoying a great reign when he begins having trouble in his kingdom with a monster Grendel that has invaded his mead hall. Grendel prevents anybody from entering the mead hall causing Hrothgar to be miserable. From across the sea the geats hear of the danes terrible problem with Grendel and rush beowulf and a group of his men to aid the danes. They camp out in the mead hall and wait for Grendel. When he comes they are all asleep but beowulf who is only pretending.
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The king died of sorrow and haethcyn succeeded, till he was hippie killed in a war with the Swedes, as the Swedish brothers, Onela and Ohthere, ongtheow's sons, were constantly plundering geatland. The murder was avenged by eofor who killed Ongtheow, and Hygelac resume became king. Beowulf had then served Hygelac loyally, such that Hygelac had never had to look to anyone else for help. Download, skip this Video, loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds. Beowulf PowerPoint Presentation, download Presentation. Composed by an anonymous Anglo-saxon poet. Beowulf: a hero of geats, battles three antagonists Grendel : the king of Danes, attacks the resident warriors of the mead hall of Hroogar Grendels mother An unnamed dragon. Copyright Complaint Adult Content Flag as Inappropriate. I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
The poet observes that beowulf's dark thoughts were perhaps a premonition of his impending death. Yet beowulf monogrammed was never averse to hard combat, as when he had fought Grendel, or later when Hygelac had fallen in war in Frisland, beowulf had swum across the ocean with thirty sets of armor on his back. He had returned home to be offered the kingship by hygd, as her son heardred was too young, but beowulf decided to serve as liege to the young king instead. Indeed he was loyal to heardred, till he was killed by Onela, the Swedish king, for harboring the fugitive sons of Ohthere. Only then had beowulf become king, after taking revenge by helping Ohthere's son, eadgils, wrest back the Swedish throne from Onela. Beowulf sets out with 11 men and he is in low spirits. As they march, beowulf recounts his life. As a seven-year-old child he had been taken by Hrethel, then king of geatland to this court, where he was as beloved as the king's sons, herebeald, haethcyn and Hygelac. Herebeald was accidentally killed by haethcyn, and the king was greatly grieved, for even wergild could not be demanded as the death had been accidental.
lived in the upland heath, where he guarded a treasure. The treasure had belonged to the last surviving member of a clan, all of whose kin had been killed in battle. He had buried the treasure, dying soon after. The dragon found and kept guard over the treasure for 300 years, until a thief stole a flagon of gold. The dragon followed in pursuit of the robber, and unable to find him, was enraged at the theft, and began belching fire and burning houses, circling geatland with a wall of fire. When beowulf hears about the disaster, he is grieved and blames himself for having either angered God or broken some ancient law. He has dark forebodings and orders a shield of iron to be built for him to fight the dragon.
The parting of beowulf and Hrothgar. In the book morning, the geats prepare for departure. Beowulf returns the sword, Hrunting, to Unferth, thanking him for the loan. He thanks Hrothgar for his affection and hospitality, and promises to return should Hrothgar ever need him. Hrothgar says that beowulf's words bespeak a man of strength, prudence and wisdom, a man who would make a great king of the geats, should Hygelac ever be killed. He praises him for establishing everlasting peace between the danes and the geats, gives him many gifts, and parts with him fondly. The poet notes that Hrothgar ruled ably and ultimately died of old age. Section 8, the fire Dragon and the Treasure.
Beowulf ( summary )
Section 6, beowulf Returns to heoret, grendel's head is laid before the king, and beowulf narrates the story of his fight, and presents the sword hilt to Hrothgar. The hilt is carved with the story of the ancient giants who had ravaged the earth before they were killed in the Great Floods. Hrothgar renews his pledge of friendship, praises him and cautions him against excess pride by telling the story of Heremod. Heremod had been blessed with great strength, but had proved to be a tyrant, wrecking havoc among the danes, and Hrothgar asks beowulf to learn from Heremod's story and Hrothgar's old age, and take the path of virtue. Hrothgar marvels at God's will that allows a man to follow his desires and seek fame at home and abroad, and then live in luxury knowing no sickness, or sorrow. This lasts, however, only till evil besets him in the form of pride. His spirit then slumbers and he becomes unmindful of Fate. Death, however, inevitably needed comes, and Hrothgar advises beowulf to seek heavenly wisdom.