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Beowulf Characters

Meet the Cast


Beowulf Faster than a sea monster! Stronger than a demon! More powerful than a dragon! It's… Beowulf, a medieval Geatish warrior willing to take on any challenge in order to make a name for...


Grendel is a man-eating demon that lives in the land of the Spear-Danes and attacks King Hrothgar's mead-hall, Heorot, every evening. The narrator of Beowulf claims that Grendel's motivation is hea...

King Hrothgar

Hrothgar is the king of the Spear-Danes when Beowulf arrives in their land, ready to fight the demon Grendel. Many years earlier, Hrothgar paid money to the Wulfings to resolve a blood feud they ha...


Wiglaf is a young Geatish warrior in Beowulf's retinue who follows him to the barrow where the dragon is lurking. When all of Beowulf's other thanes, or lords, abandon him, Wiglaf remains loyally w...


Unferth, a warrior in the tribe of the Spear-Danes, challenges Beowulf's boasts and claims about himself. When Beowulf shows up ready to fight Grendel, Unferth tells a story he's heard about Beowul...


Aeschere is an old Danish warrior and a good friend of King Hrothgar. He is killed and beheaded by Grendel's mother when she avenges the death of her son, and Hrothgar is deeply grieved by his loss.


Despite the similarity in names, Beow isn't actually related to Beowulf as far as we know. Instead, Beow is one of the kings of the Danes, the son of Shield Sheafson. Beow is the father of Halfdane...


Breca is a childhood friend of Beowulf's. Breca and Beowulf engage in a strange swimming contest where they take on the open sea while wearing full armor and carrying swords, supposedly to defend t...


Ecgtheow, Beowulf's father, once found himself in a blood-feud with the tribe called the Wulfings because he had killed a man named Heatholaf. Ecgtheow sought refuge with King Hrothgar of the Danes...

Grendel's Mother

Grendel's mother, another demonic descendant of Cain, attempts to avenge her son's death by attacking Heorot Hall. Although she manages to kill one man, she is alarmed by the strength and prowess o...


Halfdane, one of the kings of the Spear-Danes, is the grandson of Shield Sheafson. He is also the father of Heorogar, Hrothgar, Halga, and a daughter who marries Onela the Swede.


Heardred is the only son of King Hygelac and Queen Hygd. Eventually, Heardred is killed in battle, leaving his cousin Beowulf to become king of the Geats.

Heorogar, Halga, and their sister

Heorogar, Halga, and their unnamed sister are the siblings of Hrothgar, king of the Spear-Danes.

Herebeald and Haethcyn

Herebeald and Haethcyn are the sons of King Hrethel and the brothers of Hygelac. In a tragic accident, Haethcyn accidentally kills his brother Herebeald. As a result, King Hrethel retires from publ...


Hrethel, the previous king of the Geats, was the father of Hygelac, Herebeald, Haethcyn, and a daughter, and the foster-father of his great-nephew Beowulf. Although the exact details are somewhat u...

Hrethric, Hrothmund, and Freawaru

Hrethric, Hrothmund, and Freawaru are the children of King Hrothgar and Queen Wealhtheow of the Spear-Danes. Hrethric and Hrothmund are young princes and neither of them is yet ready to succeed the...


Hygd is the wife of Hygelac and Queen of the Geats.


Hygelac, the king of the Geats, is Beowulf's lord and ring-giver. As a "ring-giver," it is Hygelac's job to give land and treasures to his "thanes," or lords, in order to reward them for their loya...


Onela, son of Ongentheow, is the king of the Swedes, the rival tribe to the Geats. In an attempt to forge alliances and prevent blood feuds, Onela marries a Danish princess, the daughter of Halfdan...


Ongentheow, king of the Swedes and father of Onela, was killed in battle by the Geat warrior Eofor. Although Eofor was avenging his brother Wulf, who died at Ongentheow's hands, the fact that a Swe...

Shield Sheafson

Shield Sheafson is the founder of the tribe of the Spear-Danes, a great warrior who manages to establish a little dynasty. Shield Sheafson's funeral is one of the first scenes in Beowulf, reminding...


Wealhtheow, Queen of the Spear-Danes and wife of King Hrothgar, appears briefly in Beowulf as the mistress of Heorot Hall. One of Wealhtheow's most important duties is the ceremonial carrying of a...

Wulf and Eofor

Wulf and Eofor are two Geatish brothers who are part of a blood-feud between the Geats and their rival tribe, the Swedes. Ongentheow, king of the Swedes, killed Wulf in battle; in return, Wulf's br...
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