Front Page Titles (by Subject) XVIII.: THE ENDING OF THE TALE OF FINN. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XVIII.: THE ENDING OF THE TALE OF FINN. - 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.
THE ENDING OF THE TALE OF FINN.
- DEPARTED the warriors their wicks to visit
- All forlorn of their friends now, Friesland to look on,
- Their homes and their high burg. Hengest a while yet
- Through the slaughter-dyed winter bode dwelling with Finn
- And all without strife: he remember’d his homeland,
- Though never he might o’er the mere be a-driving
- The high prow be-ringed: with storm the holm welter’d,
- Won war ’gainst the winds; winter locked the waves
- With bondage of ice, till again came another
- Of years into the garth, as yet it is ever,
- And the days which the season to watch never cease,
- The glory-bright weather; then gone was the winter,
- And fair was the earth’s barm. Now hasten’d the exile,
- The guest from the garths; he on getting of vengeance
- Of harms thought more greatly than of the sea’s highway,
- If he but a wrath-mote might yet be a-wending
- Where the bairns of the Eotens might he still remember.
- The ways of the world forwent he in nowise
- Then, whenas Hunlafing the light of the battle,
- The best of all bills, did into his breast,
- Whereof mid the Eotens were the edges well knowen.
- Withal to the bold-hearted Finn befell after
- Sword-bales the deadly at his very own dwelling,
- When the grim grip of war Guthlaf and Oslaf
- After the sea-fare lamented with sorrow
- And wyted him deal of their woes; nor then might he
- In his breast hold his wavering heart. Was the hall dight
- With the lives of slain foemen, and slain eke was Finn
- The King ’midst of his court-men; and there the Queen, taken,
- The shooters of the Scyldings ferry’d down to the sea-ships,
- And the house-wares and chattels the earth-king had had,
- E’en such as at Finn’s home there might they find,
- Of collars and cunning gems. They on the seapath
- The all-lordly wife to the Danes straightly wended,
- Led her home to their people. So sung was the lay,
- The song of the gleeman; then again arose game,
- The bench-voice wax’d brighter, gave forth the birlers
- Wine of the wonder-vats. Then came forth Wealhtheow
- Under gold ring a-going to where sat the two good ones,
- The uncle and nephew, yet of kindred unsunder’d,
- Each true to the other. Eke Unferth the spokesman
- Sat at feet of the Scyldings’ lord; each of his heart trow’d
- That of mickle mood was he, though he to his kinsmen
- Were un-upright in edge-play. Spake the dame of the Scyldings:
- Now take thou this cup, my lord of the kingly,
- Bestower of treasures! Be thou in thy joyance,
- Thou gold-friend of men! and speak to these Geat-folk
- In mild words, as duly behoveth to do;
- Be glad toward the Geat-folk, and mindful of gifts;
- From anigh and from far peace hast thou as now.
- To me one hath said it, that thou for a son wouldst
- This warrior be holding. Lo! Hart now is cleansed,
- The ring-hall bright-beaming. Have joy while thou mayest
- In many a meed, and unto thy kinsmen
- Leave folk and dominion, when forth thou must fare
- To look on the Maker’s own making. I know now
- My Hrothulf the gladsome, that he this young man
- Will hold in all honour if thou now before him,
- O friend of the Scyldings, shall fare from the world;
- I ween that good-will yet this man will be yielding
- To our offspring that after us be, if he mind him
- Of all that which we two, for good-will and for worship,
- Unto him erst a child yet have framed of kindness.
- Then along by the bench did she turn, where her boys were,
- Hrethric and Hrothmund, and the bairns of high warriors,
- The young ones together; and there sat the good one,
- Beowulf the Geat, betwixt the two brethren.