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Hrethric, Hrothmund, and Freawaru

Character Analysis

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 their father as king, which makes their mother worry that Beowulf might try to usurp the throne from them. The young princess Freawaru is married to Ingeld the Heathobard, an attempt to create peace between two tribes through a marital alliance.