Beowulf. The Epic. What is Beowulf ?. Epic: a long poem telling a story about a hero and his exploits. Components of an epic: legendary figure actions on a grand scale requiring superhuman courage supernatural forces are involved style is elevated
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Ecgtheow: Beowulf's father.
Unferth: Danish warrior who envies Beowulf.
Breca: Childhood friend of Beowulf.
Aeschere: Counselor to Hrothgar.
ScyldScefing: Once King of Denmark and great-grandfather of
Hrothgar. He is referenced in the epic but does not take part in the action.