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Hrethel in Beowulf

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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 unclear, Hrethel seems to die of grief after his son Haethcyn accidentally kills his brother Hearebeald.