Front Page Titles (by Subject) XIX.: MORE GIFTS ARE GIVEN TO BEOWULF. THE BRISING COLLAR TOLD OF. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XIX.: MORE GIFTS ARE GIVEN TO BEOWULF. THE BRISING COLLAR TOLD OF. - 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.
MORE GIFTS ARE GIVEN TO BEOWULF. THE BRISING COLLAR TOLD OF.
- BORNE to him then the cup was, and therewith friendly bidding
- In words was put forth; and gold about wounden
- All blithely they bade him bear; arm-gearings twain,
- Rail and rings, the most greatest of fashion of neck-rings
- Of them that on earth I have ever heard tell of:
- Not one under heaven wrought better was heard of
- Midst the hoard-gems of heroes, since bore away Hama
- To the bright burg and brave the neck-gear of the Brisings,
- The gem and the gem-chest: from the foeman’s guile fled he
- Of Eormenric then, and chose rede everlasting.
- That ring Hygelac had, e’en he of the Geat-folk,
- The grandson of Swerting, the last time of all times
- When he under the war-sign his treasure defended,
- The slaughter-prey warded. Him weird bore away
- Sithence he for pride-sake the war-woe abided,
- The feud with the Frisians; the fretwork he flitted,
- The gem-stones much worthy, all over the waves’ cup.
- The King the full mighty cring’d under the shield;
- Into grasp of the Franks the King’s life was gotten
- With the gear of the breast and the ring altogether;
- It was worser war-wolves then reft gear from the slain
- After the war-shearing; there the Geats’ war-folk
- Held the house of the dead men. The Hall took the voices;
- Spake out then Wealhtheow; before the host said she:
- Brook thou this roundel, lief Beowulf, henceforth,
- Dear youth, with all hail, and this rail be thou using,
- These gems of folk-treasures, and thrive thou well ever;
- Thy might then make manifest! Be to these lads here
- Kind of lore, and for that will I look to thy guerdon.
- Thou hast won by thy faring, that far and near henceforth,
- Through wide time to come, men will give thee the worship,
- As widely as ever the sea winds about
- The windy land-walls. Be the while thou art living
- An atheling wealthy, and well do I will thee
- Of good of the treasures; be thou to my son
- In deed ever friendly, and uphold thy joyance!
- Lo! each of the earls here to the other is trusty,
- And mild of his mood and to man-lord full faithful,
- Kind friends all the thanes are, the folk ever yare.
- Ye well drunk of folk-grooms, now do ye my biddings.
- To her settle then far’d she; was the feast of the choicest,
- The men drank the wine nothing wotting of weird,
- The grim shaping of old, e’en as forth it had gone
- To a many of earls; sithence came the even,
- And Hrothgar departed to his chamber on high,
- The rich to his rest; and aright the house warded
- Earls untold of number, as oft did they erewhile.
- The bench-boards they bar’d them, and there they spread over
- With beds and with bolsters. Of the beerskinkers one
- Who fain was and fey bow’d adown to his floorrest.
- At their heads then they rested their rounds of the battle,
- Their board-woods bright-shining. There on the bench was,
- Over the atheling, easy to look on
- The battle-steep war-helm, the byrny be-ringed,
- The wood of the onset, all-glorious. Their wont was
- That oft and oft were they all yare for the war-tide,
- Both at home and in hosting, were it one were it either,
- And for every such tide as their liege lord unto
- The need were befallen: right good was that folk.