And now for the Beowulf Tabloids…• Hathcyn & Herbald…was it really an accident?• Why was he named Beowulf?• My father was a killer…the story of Ecgtheow.• Grendel’s twisted family tree and story.• My Uncle is the King, but not Elvis.• Hrothful’s got a knife…but no gun.• You kill me, I’ll kill you…the story of the Geats & the Swedes
The Tabloid’s Continued…• Vikingar Who were these people?• Scyld…was he a god or not?• Grendel’s mama…that beauty queen…• Brecca…Beowulf’s ‘boy’ friend?
Herbald and Hathcyn• Hathcyn became king of the Geats after accidentally killing his older brother, Herbald. He killed Herbald in a ‘hunting accident’. He is eventually killed by Ongentho, king of the Swedes ⏎
Beowulf…the name• Possibly means "bee wolf" (in effect equal to "bear") from Old English beo "bee" and wulf "wolf".
Ecgtheow• Beowulf’s father, Hygelac’s brother-in- law, and Hrothgar’s friend.• Beowulf was born in Denmark• Ecgtheow had to leave Sweden because he killed a member of the Wylfing tribe.• When Beowulf was 6 years old, King Hrothgar paid the Wergild or fine so they could return home.
Grendel’s twisted family tree and storyDAD = CainMOM = Loathsome, snake-like creature that lived in the fen.THE FEN= misty place where all the evil of the world lived.
Grendel• Father was Cain from the Bible.• Mother was a creature that lived in a pool that connected to the bowels of Hell. She had very few human characteristics.
Grendel’s Momma•Different translations have a different view than thetraditional translation.•Traditional = more monster/less human•Modern = more human/less monster
Hygelac•Beowulf’s uncle;•King of the Geats.• Husband of Hygd. Hygelac.• Heartily welcomes Beowulf back from Denmark.• Son Herdred is in line to become king.
•Hrothgar’s nephew, Hrothulf•Hrothulf betrays and usurps* his cousin, Hrethic, therightful heir to the Danish throne.•Hrothulf’s treachery contrasts with Beowulf’s loyaltyto Hygelac in helping his son, Herdred, to the throne.•He murders his two cousins, Hrethric and Hrothmundafter Queen Wealtheow gave him the job of protectingher young sons.•Hrethric and Hrothmund were just young boys!*usurp – to take position of power illegally or by force
Geats vs. Swedes•The history of the relationship between the Geats andSwedes covers a period extending from Beowulfschildhood to the probable continuation of the feudafter his death.•The Swedish-Geatish wars refer to semi-legendary 6th century battlesbetween Swedes and Geats that are described inthe Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.•Little has survived of such battles in the Norse sagas•Swedes succeeded in conquering the Geats…how dowe know this?
Who were the Vikings•exclusively applied to men;• werent just raiders, but farmers, traders and settlers - and theytook their families with them when they moved fromScandinavia;•Most womens lives were bounded by hearth and home*, butthey had great influence within this world.*a symbol of traditional family values and home life *
Scyld (Shild) Scefing•Scyld Scefing the legendary ancestor of the Danish royallineage known as the Scyldings (legendary* royal family).•He is believed to be the son of Odin;•He would be half human/half god;•He arrived at Denmark on a ship…alone, as a child.*legendary – described in stories about old times and heroes
Brecca/Unferth• a warrior in the tribe of the Spear-Danes, challenges Beowulfs boasts andclaims about himself.•When Beowulf shows up ready to fightGrendel, Unferth tells a story hes heardabout Beowulfs swimming contest withBrec a.