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Barron's Booknotes-Beowulf-Free Chapter Summary Synopsis
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INGELD - A prince of the Hathobards. Married to Freaw.

JUTES - A Frisian tribe.

NAGLING - Beowulf's sword.

OFFA - King of the Angles, husband of Thrith.

ONELA - A Swedish king, son of Ongentho. Killed the Geat king Herdred and is later killed by his nephew.

ONGENTHO (Ongentheow) - A Swedish king. Killer of Hathcyn. Eventually killed by a group of Geats, led by Higlac.

RENNSBURG - Location of the battle between the Swedes and Geats.

SHILD (Scyld) - A Danish king.

SIEGMUND (Sigemund) - Legendary Germanic hero, whose story is recounted in the poem. Son of Vels, father of Fitia.

SWERTING - Grandfather of Higlac.

THRITH (Thryth) - Offa's wife. A haughty and violent woman who is later tamed by her husband.

UNFERTH - A Danish warrior. Attempts to slander Beowulf's reputation when the hero arrives in Denmark.

VELS - Siegmund's father.


WAYLAND - A master smith celebrated in many Germanic poems.

WELTHOW (Wealtheow) - Wife of Hrothgar.

WEXSTAN (Weoxstan) - Wiglaf's father. Killed Onela's nephew, when the Swedish king invaded Geatland.

WIGLAF - A Geat warrior, who joined Beowulf in the fight against the dragon.

WULF - A Geat warrior, brother of Efor.

WULFGAR - A Danish warrior. He informs Hrothgar of Beowulf's arrival in Denmark.

WULFINGS (Wylfings) - A Germanic tribe who resided on the Baltic Sea.

YRS - Daughter of Healfdane.

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