Front Page Titles (by Subject) I.: AND FIRST OF THE KINDRED OF HROTHGAR. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
I.: AND FIRST OF THE KINDRED OF HROTHGAR. - Beowulf, The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats [750 AD]
The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats, trans. William Morris and A.J. Wyatt (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910).
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- The Story of Beowulf
- I.: And First of the Kindred of Hrothgar.
- II.: Concerning Hrothgar, and How He Built the House Called Hart. Also Grendel Is Told Of.
- III.: How Grendel Fell Upon Hart and Wasted It.
- IV.: Now Comes Beowulf Ecgtheow’s Son to the Land of the Danes, and the Wall-warden Speaketh With Him.
- V.: Here Beowulf Makes Answer to the Land-warden, Who Showeth Him the Way to the King’s Abode.
- VI.: Beowulf and the Geats Come Into Hart.
- VII.: Beowulf Speaketh With Hrothgar, and Telleth How He Will Meet Grendel.
- VIII.: Hrothgar Answereth Beowulf and Biddeth Him Sit to the Feast.
- IX.: Unferth Contendeth In Words With Beowulf.
- X.: Beowulf Makes an End of His Tale of the Swimming. Wealhtheow, Hrothgar’s Queen, Greets Him; and Hrothgar Delivers to Him the Warding of the Hall.
- XI.: Now Is Beowulf Left In the Hall Alone With His Men.
- XII.: Grendel Cometh Into Hart: of the Strife Betwixt Him and Beowulf.
- XIII.: Beowulf Hath the Victory: Grendel Is Hurt Deadly and Leaveth Hand and Arm In the Hall.
- XIV.: The Danes Rejoice; They Go to Look On the Slot of Grendel, and Come Back to Hart, and On the Way Make Merry With Racing and the Telling of Tales.
- XV.: King Hrothgar and His Thanes Look On the Arm of Grendel. Converse Betwixt Hrothgar and Beowulf Concerning the Battle.
- XVI.: Hrothgar Giveth Gifts to Beowulf.
- XVII.: They Feast In Hart. the Gleeman Sings of Finn and Hengest.
- XVIII.: The Ending of the Tale of Finn.
- XIX.: More Gifts Are Given to Beowulf. the Brising Collar Told Of.
- XX.: Grendel’s Dam Breaks Into Hart and Bears Off Aeschere.
- XXI.: Hrothgar Laments the Slaying of Aeschere, and Tells of Grendel’s Mother and Her Den.
- XXII.: They Follow Grendel’s Dam to Her Lair.
- XXIII.: Beowulf Reacheth the Mere-bottom In a Day’s While, and Contends With Grendel’s Dam.
- XXIV.: Beowulf Slayeth Grendel’s Dam, Smiteth Off Grendel’s Head, and Cometh Back With His Thanes to Hart.
- XXV.: Converse of Hrothgar With Beowulf.
- XXVI.: More Converse of Hrothgar and Beowulf: the Geats Make Them Ready For Departure.
- XXVII.: Beowulf Bids Hrothgar Farewell: the Geats Fare to Ship.
- XXVIII.: Beowulf Comes Back to His Land. of the Tale of Thrytho.
- XXIX.: Beowulf Tells Hygelac of Hrothgar: Also of Freawaru His Daughter.
- XXX.: Beowulf Forebodes Ill From the Wedding of Freawaru: He Tells of Grendel and His Dam.
- XXXI.: Beowulf Gives Hrothgar’s Gifts to Hygelac, and By Him Is Rewarded. of the Death of Hygelac and of Heardred His Son, and How Beowulf Is King of the Geats: the Worm Is First Told Of.
- XXXII.: How the Worm Came to the Howe, and How He Was Robbed of a Cup; and How He Fell On the Folk.
- XXXIII.: The Worm Burns Beowulf’s House, and Beowulf Gets Ready to Go Against Him. Beowulf’s Early Deeds In Battle With the Hetware Told Of.
- XXXIV.: Beowulf Goes Against the Worm. He Tells of Herebeald and HÆthcyn.
- XXXV.: Beowulf Tells of Past Feuds, and Bids Farewell to His Fellows. He Falls On the Worm, and the Battle of Them Begins.
- XXXVI.: Wiglaf Son of Weohstan Goes to the Help of Beowulf: NÆgling, Beowulf’s Sword, Is Broken On the Worm.
- XXXVII.: They Two Slay the Worm. Beowulf Is Wounded Deadly: He Biddeth Wiglaf Bear Out the Treasure.
- XXXVIII.: Beowulf Beholdeth the Treasure and Passeth Away.
- XXXIX.: Wiglaf Casteth Shame On Those Fleers.
- Xl.: Wiglaf Sendeth Tiding to the Host: the Words of the Messenger.
- Xli.: More Words of the Messenger. How He Fears the Swedes When They Wot of Beowulf Dead.
- Xlii.: They Go to Look On the Field of Deed.
- Xliii.: of the Burial of Beowulf.
AND FIRST OF THE KINDRED OF HROTHGAR.
- WHAT! we of the Spear-Danes of yore days, so was it
- That we learn’d of the fair fame of kings of the folks
- And the athelings a-faring in framing of valour.
- Oft then Scyld the Sheaf-son from the hosts of the scathers,
- From kindreds a many the mead-settles tore;
- It was then the earl fear’d them, sithence was he first
- Found bare and all-lacking; so solace he bided,
- Wax’d under the welkin in worship to thrive,
- Until it was so that the round-about sitters
- All over the whale-road must hearken his will
- And yield him the tribute. A good king was that.
- By whom then thereafter a son was begotten,
- A youngling in garth, whom the great God sent thither
- To foster the folk; and their crime-need he felt
- The load that lay on them while lordless they lived
- For a long while and long. He therefore, the Life-lord,
- The Wielder of glory, world’s worship he gave him:
- Brim Beowulf waxed, and wide the weal upsprang
- Of the offspring of Scyld in the parts of the Scede-lands.
- Such wise shall a youngling with wealth be a-working
- With goodly fee-gifts toward the friends of his father,
- That after in eld-days shall ever bide with him,
- Fair fellows well-willing when wendeth the war-tide,
- Their lief lord a-serving. By praise-deeds it shall be
- That in each and all kindreds a man shall have thriving.
- Then went his ways Scyld when the shapen while was,
- All hardy to wend him to the lord and his warding:
- Out then did they bear him to the side of the seaflood,
- The dear fellows of him, as he himself pray’d them
- While yet his word wielded the friend of the Scyldings,
- The dear lord of the land; a long while had he own’d it.
- With stem all be-ringed at the hythe stood the ship,
- All icy and out-fain, the Atheling’s ferry.
- There then did they lay him, the lord well beloved,
- The gold-rings’ bestower, within the ship’s barm,
- The mighty by mast. Much there was the treasure,
- From far ways forsooth had the fret-work been led:
- Never heard I of keel that was comelier dighted
- With weapons of war, and with weed of the battle,
- With bills and with byrnies. There lay in his barm
- Much wealth of the treasure that with him should be,
- And he into the flood’s might afar to depart.
- No lesser a whit were the wealth-goods they dight him
- Of the goods of the folk, than did they who aforetime,
- When was the beginning, first sent him away
- Alone o’er the billows, and he but a youngling.
- Moreover they set him up there a sign golden
- High up overhead, and let the holm bear him,
- Gave all to the Spearman. Sad mind they had in them,
- And mourning their mood was. Now never knew men,
- For sooth how to say it, rede-masters in hall,
- Or heroes ’neath heaven, to whose hands came the lading.