Front Page Titles (by Subject) XV.: KING HROTHGAR AND HIS THANES LOOK ON THE ARM OF GRENDEL. CONVERSE BETWIXT HROTHGAR AND BEOWULF CONCERNING THE BATTLE. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XV.: KING HROTHGAR AND HIS THANES LOOK ON THE ARM OF GRENDEL. CONVERSE BETWIXT HROTHGAR AND BEOWULF CONCERNING THE BATTLE. - 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.
KING HROTHGAR AND HIS THANES LOOK ON THE ARM OF GRENDEL. CONVERSE BETWIXT HROTHGAR AND BEOWULF CONCERNING THE BATTLE.
- OUT then spake Hrothgar; for he to the hall went,
- By the staple a-standing the steep roof he saw
- Shining fair with the gold, and the hand there of Grendel:
- For this sight that I see to the All-wielder thanks
- Befall now forthwith, for foul evil I bided,
- All griefs from this Grendel; but God, glory’s Herder,
- Wonder on wonder ever can work.
- Unyore was it then when I for myself
- Might ween never more, wide all through my life-days,
- Of the booting of woes; when all blood-besprinkled
- The best of all houses stood sword-gory here;
- Wide then had the woe thrust off each of the wise
- Of them that were looking that never life-long
- That land-work of the folk they might ward from the loathly,
- From ill wights and devils. But now hath a warrior
- Through the might of the Lord a deed made thereunto
- Which we, and all we together, in nowise
- By wisdom might work. What! well might be saying
- That maid whosoever this son brought to birth
- According to man’s kind, if yet she be living,
- That the Maker of old time to her was all-gracious
- In the bearing of bairns. O Beowulf, I now
- Thee best of all men as a son unto me
- Will love in my heart, and hold thou henceforward
- Our kinship new-made now; nor to thee shall be lacking
- As to longings of world-goods whereof I have wielding;
- Full oft I for lesser things guerdon have given,
- The worship of hoards, to a warrior was weaker,
- A worser in strife. Now thyself for thyself
- By deeds hast thou fram’d it that liveth thy fair fame
- For ever and ever. So may the All-wielder
- With good pay thee ever, as erst he hath done it.
- Then Beowulf spake out, the Ecgtheow’s bairn:
- That work of much might with mickle of love
- We framed with fighting, and frowardly ventur’d
- The might of the uncouth; now I would that rather
- Thou mightest have look’d on the very man there,
- The foe in his fret-gear all worn unto falling.
- There him in all haste with hard griping did I
- On the slaughter-bed deem it to bind him indeed,
- That he for my hand-grip should have to be lying
- All busy for life: but his body fled off.
- Him then I might not (since would not the Maker)
- From his wayfaring sunder, nor naught so well sought I
- The life-foe; o’er-mickle of might was he yet,
- The foeman afoot: but his hand has he left us,
- A life-ward, a-warding the ways of his wending,
- His arm and his shoulder therewith. Yet in nowise
- That wretch of the grooms any solace hath got him,
- Nor longer will live the loathly deed-doer,
- Beswinked with sins; for the sore hath him now
- In the grip of need grievous, in strait hold togather’d
- With bonds that be baleful: there shall he abide,
- That wight dyed with all evil-deeds, the doom mickle,
- For what wise to him the bright Maker will write it.
- Then a silenter man was the son there of Ecglaf
- In the speech of the boasting of works of the battle,
- After when every atheling by craft of the earl
- Over the high roof had look’d on the hand there,
- Yea, the fiend’s fingers before his own eyen,
- Each one of the nail-steads most like unto steel,
- Hand-spur of the heathen one; yea, the own claw
- Uncouth of the war-wight. But each one there quoth it,
- That no iron of the best, of the hardy of folk,
- Would touch him at all, which e’er of the monster
- The battle-hand bloody might bear away thence.