Beowulf: notes by Elaine Strong Skill

By Elaine Strong Skill

The unique CliffsNotes learn courses supply specialist remark on significant topics, plots, characters, literary units, and historic history. the most recent iteration of titles during this sequence additionally good points glossaries and visible parts that supplement the vintage, ordinary format.CliffsNotes on Beowulf takes you into the epic tale of warriors and unusual beasts. Beowulf is taken into account to be the longest and maximum surviving Anglo-Saxon poem. a few see it as an early party of Christianity. Others imagine it extols – or maybe condemns – heroic values.Step into this epic poem and prepare for sword fights, feasts, and treasures. With this learn advisor, you’ll manage to persist with the entire motion as you think about the creative impression of the paintings. you will additionally achieve perception into the features of the unknown poet and the manuscript itself. different positive aspects that assist you research includeCharacter analyses of significant playersA personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the charactersCritical essaysA assessment part that assessments your knowledgeA source heart choked with books, articles, movies, and web sitesClassic literature or smooth modern day treasure — you are going to are aware of it all with specialist details and perception from CliffsNotes examine courses.

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Page 17 Ohthere (Oht' herra) Swedish prince; Ongentheow's son and father of Eanmund and Eadgils. He is the elder brother of Onela. Ongentheow (On' gen thay o) Swedish king; father of Ohthere and Onela. Rescues his wife from Haethcyn; slays Haethcyn. Attacks Geats at Ravenswood when Hygelac falls. Onela Ongentheow's son; slain by Beowulf and Eadgils in revenge for his invading the Geats. Monsters Grendel The monster who threatens Hrothgar's kingdom. Beowulf kills him. Grendel's Dam (mother) Grendel's hag-like mother; sometimes called a Troll-wife.

Beowulf then speaks for the Geatish king, Hygelac, for he knows that his king would concur: if Hrethric, Hrothgar's son, should ever visit the Geatish court, he will be treated with honor. Hrothgar praises Beowulf's wisdom and states that surely it is God-given; he says that if Hrethel's son Hygelac were ever taken in battle, the Geats could choose no better leader than Beowulf. ) Hrothgar recognizes that the bond which Beowulf has sealed with the Danes can never be broken; Beowulf has insured a lasting peace between the Danes and the Geats.

Beowulf's prowess during his adventure-and-testing period proves that he has great strength; now he must use that strength to cleanse Hrothgar's court of Grendel's violence. Beowulf goes to the Danes not Page 39 in a cavalier fashion, but because of a great generosity of spirit. As a young man, Beowulf manifests a fast adherence to heroic ideals. He is virtuous, loyal to his lord, honest with others and with himself. He is high-minded; he faces danger courageously, and although he follows the Nordic-Germanic code of heroism, he is as close to being a Christian man as any pagan can be.

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