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He is the hero of the epic poem, an ideal warrior, strong, and brave. Always honorable and loyal to his kinsmen, he is first a warrior, then a lord. He is the King of the Geats. Beowulf's courage and skill help him vanquish Grendel, Grendel's Mother, and a dragan; his last victory costs him his life.



A thane in Hrothgar's court, challenges Beowulf's accompishment. He eventually accepts Beowulf's superiority as a warrior and lends him his sword, Hrunting. He is also a brother slayer.



This is Hrothgar's Queen. She tells Beowulf to wear the ring and mail-shirt that the people had given him. Also she tells Beowulf to prosper well and to make himself known to the people and she asks Beowulf to protect her sons Hrethric and Hrothmund as well as the people.



He is Hrothgar's son and elder brother to Hrothmund.



He is Hrothgar's son and brother to Hrethric.



Hrothgar's best-friend, retainer and noble shield warrior; killed by Grendel's Mother when she goes to Heorot to avenge her son's death.



He is a savage canibal who terrorizes the Hall Heorot for twelve years and is killed by Beowulf. Often described as a "grim spirit" and an outsider, he has no remorse for anyone and is often vengeful and wicked.



She is a woman, monster wife, and a war terror of a wife. She takes role of a warrior when she avenges her son's death.