Front Page Titles (by Subject) XXVIII.: BEOWULF COMES BACK TO HIS LAND. OF THE TALE OF THRYTHO. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XXVIII.: BEOWULF COMES BACK TO HIS LAND. OF THE TALE OF THRYTHO. - 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 COMES BACK TO HIS LAND. OF THE TALE OF THRYTHO.
- CAME a many to flood then all mighty of mood,
- Of the bachelors were they, and ring-nets they bore,
- The limb-sarks belocked. The land-warden noted
- The earls’ aback-faring, as erst he beheld them;
- Then nowise with harm from the nose of the cliff
- The guests there he greeted, but rode unto them-ward,
- And quoth that full welcome to the folk of the Weders
- The bright-coated warriors were wending to ship.
- Then was on the sand there the bark the wide-sided
- With war-weed beladen, the ring-stemm’d as she lay there
- With mares and with treasure; uptower’d the mast
- High over Hrothgar’s wealth of the hoards.
- He then to the boat-warden handsel’d a gold-bounden
- Sword, so that sithence was he on mead-bench
- Worthy’d the more for that very same wealth,
- The heirloom. Sithence in the ship he departed
- To stir the deep water; the Dane-land he left.
- Then was by the mast there one of the sea-rails,
- A sail, with rope made fast; thunder’d the sound-wood.
- Not there the wave-floater did the wind o’er the billows
- Waft off from its ways; the sea-wender fared,
- Floated the foamy-neck’d forth o’er the waves,
- The bounden-stemm’d over the streams of the sea;
- Till the cliffs of the Geats there they gat them to wit,
- The nesses well kenned. Throng’d up the keel then
- Driven hard by the lift, and stood on the land.
- Then speedy at holm was the hythe-warden yare,
- E’en he who a long while after the lief men
- Eager at stream’s side far off had looked.
- To the sand thereon bound he the wide-fathom’d ship
- With anchor-bands fast, lest from them the waves’ might
- The wood that was winsome should drive thence awayward.
- Thereon bade he upbear the athelings’ treasures,
- The fretwork and wrought gold. Not far from them thenceforth
- To seek to the giver of treasures it was,
- E’en Hygelac, Hrethel’s son, where at home wonneth
- Himself and his fellows hard by the sea-wall.
- Brave was the builded house, bold king the lord was,
- High were the walls, Hygd very young,
- Wise and well-thriven, though few of winters
- Under the burg-locks had she abided,
- The daughter of Hæreth; naught was she dastard;
- Nowise niggard of gifts to the folk of the Geats,
- Of wealth of the treasures. But wrath Thrytho bore,
- The folk-queen the fierce, wrought the crime-deed full fearful.
- No one there durst it, the bold one, to dare,
- Of the comrades beloved, save only her lord,
- That on her by day with eyen he stare,
- But if to him death-bonds predestin’d he count on,
- Hand-wreathed; thereafter all rathely it was
- After the hand-grip the sword-blade appointed,
- That the cunning-wrought sword should show forth the deed,
- Make known the murder-bale. Naught is such queenlike
- For a woman to handle, though peerless she be,
- That a weaver of peace the life should waylay,
- For a shame that was lying, of a lief man of men;
- But the kinsman of Hemming, he hinder’d it surely.
- Yet the drinkers of ale otherwise said they;
- That folk-bales, which were lesser, she framed forsooth,
- Lesser enmity-malice, since thence erst she was
- Given gold-deck’d to the young one of champions,
- She the dear of her lineage, since Offa’s floor
- Over the fallow flood by the lore of her father
- She sought in her wayfaring. Well was she sithence
- There on the man-throne mighty with good;
- Her shaping of life well brooked she living;
- High love she held toward the lord of the heroes;
- Of all kindred of men by the hearsay of me
- The best of all was he the twain seas beside,
- Of the measureless kindred; thereof Offa was
- For gifts and for war, the spear-keen of men,
- Full widely beworthy’d, with wisdom he held
- The land of his heritage. Thence awoke Eomær
- For a help unto heroes, the kinsman of Hemming,
- The grandson of Garmund, the crafty in war-strife.