Front Page Titles (by Subject) VIII.: HROTHGAR ANSWERETH BEOWULF AND BIDDETH HIM SIT TO THE FEAST. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
VIII.: HROTHGAR ANSWERETH BEOWULF AND BIDDETH HIM SIT TO THE FEAST. - 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.
HROTHGAR ANSWERETH BEOWULF AND BIDDETH HIM SIT TO THE FEAST.
- SPAKE out then Hrothgar the helm of the Scyldings:
- Thou Beowulf, friend mine, for battle that wardeth
- And for help that is kindly hast sought to us hither.
- Fought down thy father the most of all feuds;
- To Heatholaf was he forsooth for a hand-bane
- Amidst of the Wylfings. The folk of the Weders
- Him for the war-dread that while might not hold.
- So thence did he seek to the folk of the South-Danes
- O’er the waves’ wallow, to the Scyldings beworshipp’d.
- Then first was I wielding the weal of the Danefolk,
- That time was I holding in youth-tide the gemrich
- Hoard-burg of the heroes. Dead then was Heorogar,
- Mine elder of brethren; unliving was he,
- The Healfdene’s bairn that was better than I.
- That feud then thereafter with fee did I settle;
- I sent to the Wylfing folk over the waters’ back
- Treasures of old time; he swore the oaths to me.
- Sorrow is in my mind that needs must I say it
- To any of grooms, of Grendel what hath he
- Of shaming in Hart, and he with his hate-wiles
- Of sudden harms framed; the host of my hallfloor,
- The war-heap, is waned; Weird swept them away
- Into horror of Grendel. It is God now that may lightly
- The scather the doltish from deeds thrust aside.
- Full oft have they boasted with beer well bedrunken,
- My men of the battle all over the ale-stoup,
- That they in the beer-hall would yet be abiding
- The onset of Grendel with the terror of edges.
- But then was this mead-hall in the tide of the morning,
- This warrior-hall, gore-stain’d when day at last gleamed,
- All the boards of the benches with blood besteam’d over,
- The hall laid with sword-gore: of lieges less had I
- Of dear and of doughty, for them death had gotten.
- Now sit thou to feast and unbind thy mood freely,
- Thy war-fame unto men as the mind of thee whetteth.
- Then was for the Geat-folk and them all together
- There in the beer-hall a bench bedight roomsome,
- There the stout-hearted hied them to sitting
- Proud in their might: a thane minded the service,
- Who in hand upbare an ale-stoup adorned,
- Skinked the sheer mead; whiles sang the shaper
- Clear out in Hart-hall; joy was of warriors,
- Men doughty no little of Danes and of Weders.