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Boast ~

A pledge or vow made by a thane before a battle stating his intentions which had to be kept.

Comitatus ~

An agreement made between a lord and his thanes, in which the thanes swear to defend a lord to their death, while he provides them with protection and a share of his wealth and weapons.

Danes ~

Ruled by Hnaef; later, led by Hengest.


Fate ~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

1 : the principle or determining cause or will by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do :
2 a : an inevitable and often adverse outcome, condition, or end
3 a : final outcome b : the expected result of normal development fate of embryonic cells>

Geats ~

Lived in southern Sweden; Beowulf belongs to this tribe.


God ~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2 : a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality
3 : a person or thing of supreme value
4 : a powerful ruler


Heorot ~

Hrethel's great, gold roofed hall.


Hrunting ~

Unferth's ancient sword which he lends to Beowulf; used against Grendel's Mother.


Kenning ~

A standard phrase of metaphor usually composed of two words and referring to a specific object, characteristic, or quality. (example: giver of treasure = lord)


mail ~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

Date: 14th century
1 : armor made of metal links or sometimes plates

mead ~ Merriam Webster Dictionary

A fermented beverage made of water and honey, malt, and yeast

See also a recipe for mead.


Thane ~

A warrior, or retainer who follows and fights for his lord.


Wergild ~

The "price" that a man is "worth" in money.  If someone were killed, instead of revenging, an appropriate amount of money that is paid to the family of the victim for their pain and suffering..