Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother
Abel - Killed by his brother Cain.
battle-lightning - sword.
Beowulf - A Geat, and the hero of the poem; son of Ecgtheow; nephew of Hygelac; later king of the Geats.
Cain - Killed his brother Abel.
Danes - Beowulf makes his journey to Denmark to help them destroy Grendel and his mother. The Danes were first ruled by Scyld Scefing and later by Hrothgar.
earl - warrior, nobleman.
Ecgtheow - Beowulf's father; married to King Hrethel's only daughter; slays a man and escapes to Denmark. Hrothgar pays the wergild.
fetter - a chain or shackle for the feet
Geats - a member of a Scandinavian people of southern Sweden to which the legendary hero Beowulf belonged
Grendel's mother - Grendel's hag-like mother; sometimes called a Trollwife. She dwells at the bottom of a mere (a large swampy pond) in a cave.
Grendel - Known as the "monster who terrorized Hrothgar's mead hall; Killed by Beowulf.
hale - retaining exceptional health and vigor.
heirloom - something of special value handed on from one generation to another
Hrothgar - Danish King; builder of Heorot
Heorot - mead hall built by Hrothgar and ravaged by Grendel.
hilt - a special handle of a sword.
Hygelac - Geat's king and Beowulf's uncle.
mere - an expanse of standing water
Scyld Scefing - arrived mysteriously as a child in a drifting boat and began a new dynasty, many years after the death of Heremod.
thane - a free retainer of an Anglo-Saxon lord; especially : one resembling a feudal
baron by holding lands of and performing military service for the king
wield - to deal successfully with.