Beowulf Leader of the Geats
Background Epic Poem- Long, narrative poem. Usually contains important historical detail and a hero. Anglo-Saxtons-Old English, battles and conquers 400-1066
Beowulf Wasn’t written down at first Wasn’t written until the 1000 AD, Written in Old English Epic Hero Anglo-Saxon culture
Old English HWÆT, WE GAR-DEna in geardagum, þeodcyningaþrymgefrunon, huðaæþelingasellenfremedon! oft ScyldScefingsceaþenaþreatum, monegummægþummeodosetlaofteah, egsodeeorlas, syððanærestwearðfeasceaftfunden; LO, praise of the prowess of people-kingsof spear-armed Danes, in days long sped,we have heard, and what honor the athelings won!Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes,from many a tribe, the mead-bench tore,awing the earls.
Characters Beowulf- Geat hero Hrothgar- King of the Danes Grendal- Monster Grendal’s Mother- Second Monster Dragon
Setting Denmark- King Hrothgar’s home Heorot- Mead hall, gathering place. Geatland- Beowulf’s home
Plot King Hrothgar’s people are being attacked by a monster. King Hrothgar asks Beowulf to come kill the monster. Beowulf is successful, but the monster’s mother comes back for revenge. They fight, Beowulf is successful. Beowulf returns home and is faced with another battle with a dragon.