Front Page Titles (by Subject) XXIX.: BEOWULF TELLS HYGELAC OF HROTHGAR: ALSO OF FREAWARU HIS DAUGHTER. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XXIX.: BEOWULF TELLS HYGELAC OF HROTHGAR: ALSO OF FREAWARU HIS DAUGHTER. - 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 TELLS HYGELAC OF HROTHGAR: ALSO OF FREAWARU HIS DAUGHTER.
- WENT his ways then the hard one, and he with his hand-shoal,
- Himself over the sand the sea-plain a-treading,
- The warths wide away; shone the world’s candle,
- The sun slop’d from the southward; so dreed they their journey,
- And went their ways stoutly unto where the earls’ refuge,
- The banesman of Ongentheow all in his burgs there,
- The young king of war, the good, as they heard it,
- Was dealing the rings. Aright unto Hygelac
- Was Beowulf’s speeding made knowen full swiftly,
- That there into the house-place that hedge of the warriors,
- His mate of the linden-board, living was come,
- Hale from the battle-play home to him house-ward.
- Then rathe was beroomed, as the rich one was bidding,
- For the guests a-foot going the floor all within-ward.
- Then sat in the face of him he from the fight sav’d,
- Kinsman by kinsman, whenas his man-lord
- In fair-sounding speech had greeted the faithful
- With mightyful words. With mead-skinking turned
- Through the high house adown the daughter of Hæreth:
- The people she loved: the wine-bucket bare she
- To the hands of the men. But now fell to Hygelac
- His very house-fellow in that hall the high
- To question full fairly, for wit-lust to-brake him,
- Of what like were the journeys the Sea-Geats had wended:
- How befell you the sea-lode, O Beowulf lief,
- When thou on a sudden bethoughtst thee afar
- Over the salt water the strife to be seeking,
- The battle in Hart? or for Hrothgar forsooth
- The wide-kenned woe some whit didst thou mend,
- For that mighty of lords? I therefore the moodcare
- In woe-wellings seethed; trow’d not in the wending
- Of thee the lief man. A long while did I pray thee
- That thou the death-guest there should greet not a whit;
- Wouldst let those same South-Danes their own selves to settle
- The war-tide with Grendel. Now to God say I thank
- That thee, and thee sound, now may I see.
- Out then spake Beowulf, Ecgtheow’s bairn:
- All undark it is, O Hygelac lord,
- That meeting the mighty, to a many of men;
- Of what like was the meeting of Grendel and me
- On that field of the deed, where he many a deal
- For the Victory-Scyldings of sorrow had framed,
- And misery for ever; but all that I awreaked,
- So that needeth not boast any kinsman of Grendel
- Any one upon earth of that uproar of dawn-dusk,
- Nay not who lives longest of that kindred the loathly
- Encompass’d of fenland. Thither first did I come
- Unto that ring-hall Hrothgar to greet;
- Soon unto me the great Healfdene’s son,
- So soon as my heart he was wotting forsooth,
- Right against his own son a settle there showed.
- All that throng was in joy, nor life-long saw I ever
- Under vault of the heavens amidst any hall-sitters
- More mirth of the mead. There the mighty Queen whiles,
- Peace-sib of the folk, went all over the floor,
- To the young sons bade heart up; oft she there the ring-wreath
- Gave unto a man ere to settle she wended.
- At whiles fore the doughty the daughter of Hrothgar
- To the earls at the end the ale-bucket bore;
- E’en she whom Freawaru the floor-sitters thereat
- Heard I to name; where she the nail’d treasure
- Gave to the warriors. She was behight then
- Youngling and gold-dight to the glad son of Froda.
- This hath seemed fair to the friend of the Scyldings,
- The herd of the realm, and good rede he accounts it,
- That he with that wife of death-feuds a deal
- And of strifes should allay. Oft unseldom eachwhere
- After a lord’s fall e’en but for a little
- Bows down the bane-spear, though doughty the bride be.