Front Page Titles (by Subject) VI.: BEOWULF AND THE GEATS COME INTO HART. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
VI.: BEOWULF AND THE GEATS COME INTO HART. - 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.
BEOWULF AND THE GEATS COME INTO HART.
- STONE-DIVERSE the street was, straight uplong the path led
- The warriors together. There shone the war-byrny
- The hard and the hand-lock’d; the ring-iron sheer
- Sang over their war-gear, when they to the hall first
- In their gear the all-fearful had gat them to ganging.
- So then the sea-weary their wide shields set down,
- Their war-rounds the mighty, against the hall’s wall.
- Then bow’d they to bench, and rang there the byrnies,
- The war-weed of warriors, and up-stood the spears,
- The war-gear of the sea-folk all gather’d together,
- The ash-holt grey-headed; that host of the iron
- With weapons was worshipful. There then a proud chief
- Of those lads of the battle speer’d after their line:
- Whence ferry ye then the shields golden-faced,
- The grey sarks therewith, and the helms all bevisor’d,
- And a heap of the war-shafts? Now am I of Hrothgar
- The man and the messenger: ne’er saw I of aliens
- So many of men more might-like of mood.
- I ween that for pride-sake, no wise for wrack-wending
- But for high might of mind, ye to Hrothgar have sought.
- Unto him then the heart-hardy answer’d and spake,
- The proud earl of the Weders the word gave aback,
- The hardy neath helm: Now of Hygelac are we
- The board-fellows; Beowulf e’en is my name,
- And word will I say unto Healfdene’s son,
- To the mighty, the folk-lord, what errand is mine,
- Yea unto thy lord, if to us he will grant it
- That him, who so good is, anon we may greet.
- Spake Wulfgar the word, a lord of the Wendels,
- And the mood of his heart of a many was kenned,
- His war and his wisdom: I therefore the Danes’ friend
- Will lightly be asking, of the lord of the Scyldings,
- The dealer of rings, since the boon thou art bidding,
- The mighty folk-lord, concerning thine errand,
- And swiftly the answer shall do thee to wit
- Which the good one to give thee aback may deem meetest.
- Then turn’d he in haste to where Hrothgar was sitting
- Right old and all hoary mid the host of his earl-folk:
- Went the valour-stark; stood he the shoulders before
- Of the Dane-lord: well could he the doughty ones’ custom.
- So Wulfgar spake forth to his lord the well-friendly:
- Hither are ferry’d now, come from afar off
- O’er the field of the ocean, a folk of the Geats;
- These men of the battle e’en Beowulf name they
- Their elder and chiefest, and to thee are they bidding
- That they, O dear lord, with thee may be dealing
- In word against word. Now win them no naysay
- Of thy speech again-given, O Hrothgar the gladman:
- For they in their war-gear, methinketh, be worthy
- Of good deeming of earls; and forsooth naught but doughty
- Is he who hath led o’er the warriors hither.