Front Page Titles (by Subject) V.: HERE BEOWULF MAKES ANSWER TO THE LAND-WARDEN, WHO SHOWETH HIM THE WAY TO THE KING'S ABODE. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
V.: HERE BEOWULF MAKES ANSWER TO THE LAND-WARDEN, WHO SHOWETH HIM THE WAY TO THE KING’S ABODE. - 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.
HERE BEOWULF MAKES ANSWER TO THE LAND-WARDEN, WHO SHOWETH HIM THE WAY TO THE KING’S ABODE.
- HE then that was chiefest in thus wise he answer’d,
- The war-fellows’ leader unlock’d he the word-hoard:
- We be a people of the Weder-Geats’ man-kin
- And of Hygelac be we the hearth-fellows soothly.
- My father before me of folks was well-famed
- Van-leader and atheling, Ecgtheow he hight.
- Many winters abode he, and on the way wended
- An old man from the garths, and him well remembers
- Every wise man well nigh wide yond o’er the earth.
- Through our lief mood and friendly the lord that is thine,
- Even Healfdene’s son, are we now come a-seeking,
- Thy warder of folk. Learn us well with thy leading,
- For we have to the mighty an errand full mickle,
- To the lord of the Dane-folk: naught dark shall it be,
- That ween I full surely. If it be so thou wottest,
- As soothly for our parts we now have heard say,
- That one midst of the Scyldings, who of scathers I wot not,
- A deed-hater secret, in the dark of the night-tide
- Setteth forth through the terror the malice untold of,
- The shame-wrong and slaughter. I therefore to Hrothgar
- Through my mind fashion’d roomsome the rede may now learn him,
- How he, old-wise and good, may get the fiend under,
- If once more from him awayward may turn
- The business of bales, and the boot come again,
- And the weltering of care wax cooler once more;
- Or for ever sithence time of stress he shall thole,
- The need and the wronging, the while yet there abideth
- On the high stead aloft the best of all houses.
- Then spake out the warden on steed there a-sitting,
- The servant all un-fear’d: It shall be of either
- That the shield-warrior sharp the sundering wotteth,
- Of words and of works, if he think thereof well.
- I hear it thus said that this host here is friendly
- To the lord of the Scyldings; forth fare ye then, bearing
- Your weed and your weapons, of the way will I wise you;
- Likewise mine own kinsmen I will now be bidding
- Against every foeman your floater before us,
- Your craft but new-tarred, the keel on the sand,
- With honour to hold, until back shall be bearing
- Over the lake-streams this one, the lief man,
- The wood of the wounden-neck back unto Wedermark.
- Unto such shall be granted amongst the good-doers
- To win the way out all whole from the war-race.
- Then boun they to faring, the bark biding quiet;
- Hung upon hawser the wide-fathom’d ship
- Fast at her anchor. Forth shone the boar-shapes
- Over the check-guards golden adorned,
- Fair-shifting, fire-hard; ward held the farrow.
- Snorted the war-moody, hasten’d the warriors
- And trod down together until the hall timber’d,
- Stately and gold-bestain’d, gat they to look on,
- That was the all-mightiest unto earth’s dwellers
- Of halls ’neath the heavens, wherein bode the mighty;
- Glisten’d the gleam thereof o’er lands a many.
- Unto them then the war-deer the court of the proud one
- Full clearly betaught it, that they therewithal
- Might wend their ways thither. Then he of the warriors
- Round wended his steed, and spake a word backward:
- Time now for my faring; but the Father All-wielder
- May He with all helping henceforward so hold you
- All whole in your wayfaring. Will I to sea-side
- Against the wroth folk to hold warding ever.