Who are the other characters in Beowulf?
Beowulf the Dane - Not the hero of the poem. A Danish king, son of Scyld Scefing; this Beowulf is sometimes called "Beow".
Ecglaf (sometimes Ecglafing) - Unferth's father; a Dane.
Freawaru - Hrothgar's daughter. She was married to Ingeld in order to (hopefully) end the blood feud between the Danes and the Heathobards.
Healfdene - Danish king; son of Beowulf the Dane; father of Hrothgar, Heoroga, and Halga.
Heremod - Cruel and avaricious Danish King; ruled long before the infant Scyld Scefing was found by the Danes.
Hrethric - Hrothgar's son; elder brother to Hrothmund. Killed when Hrothulf usurps the Danish throne after Hrothgar's death.
Hrothmund - Hrothgar' son; brother to Hrethric
Hrothulf - Hrothgar's nephew; son of Halga.
Scyld Scefing - Founder of Hrothgar's mighty Danish royal house.
Unferth - Son of Ecglaf; slew his brother; taunts Beowulf early in the poem, but later he lends his sword, Hrunting, to Beowulf just before Beowulf's battle with Grendel's mother.
Wealhtheow - Hrothgar's queen; mother of Hrethric and Hrothmund.
Ecgtheow - Beowulf's father; married to King Hrethel's only daughter; slays a man and escapes to Denmark. Hrothgar pays his wergild.
Hygd - Hygelac's queen. Mother of Heardred. Beowulf gives her the necklace which Wealhteow gave him.
Hygelac - Geatish king and uncle to Beowulf. Hygelac is an historical character verified by external evidence.
Ongentheow - Swedish king; father of Ohthere and Onela. Rescues his wife from Haethcyn; slays Haethcyn. Attacks Geats at Ravenswood when Hygelac falls.
Dragon - Guarding a vast treasure, he awakens when a slave steals a cup from the treasure hoard. He ravages Beowulf's kingdom, and Beowulf, in turn, kills him but loses his own life.
Guthlaf - Danish warrior and follower of Hnaef; later, a follower of Hengest. Helps renew the feud with Finn's men.
Danes - ruled by Hnaef; later, led by Hengest
Geats - Lived in southern Sweden; Beowulf belongs to this tribe.
Naegling - Beowulf's sword; used against the dragon.
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