Front Page Titles (by Subject) 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. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
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. - 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 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.
- SO therewith the folk-king far’d, living full seemly;
- By those wages forsooth ne’er a whit had I lost,
- By the meed of my main, but to me treasure gave he,
- The Healfdene’s son, to the doom of myself;
- Which to thee, king of bold ones, will I be a-bringing,
- And gladly will give thee; for of thee is all gotten
- Of favours along, and but little have I
- Of head-kinsmen forsooth, saving, Hygelac, thee.
- Then he bade them bear in the boar-shape, the head-sign,
- The battle-steep war-helm, the byrny all hoary,
- The sword stately-good, and spell after he said:
- This raiment of war Hrothgar gave to my hand,
- The wise of the kings, and therewithal bade me,
- That I first of all of his favour should flit thee;
- He quoth that first had it King Heorogar of old,
- The king of the Scyldings, a long while of time;
- But no sooner would he give it unto his son,
- Heoroward the well-whet, though kind to him were he,
- This weed of the breast. Do thou brook it full well.
- On these fretworks, so heard I, four horses therewith,
- All alike, close followed after the track,
- Steeds apple-fallow. Fair grace he gave him
- Of horses and treasures. E’en thus shall do kinsman,
- And nowise a wile-net shall weave for another
- With craft of the darkness, or do unto death
- His very hand-fellow. But now unto Hygelac
- The bold in the battle was his nephew full faithful,
- And either to other of good deeds was mindful.
- I heard that the neck-ring to Hygd did he give,
- E’en the wonder-gem well-wrought, that Wealhtheow gave him,
- The king’s daughter; gave he three steeds therewithal
- Slender, and saddle-bright; sithence to her was,
- After the ring-gift, the breast well beworthy’d.
- Thus boldly he bore him, the Ecgtheow’s bairn,
- The groom kenned in battle, in good deeds a-doing;
- After due doom he did, and ne’er slew he the drunken
- Hearth-fellows of him: naught rough was his heart;
- But of all men of mankind with the greatest of might
- The gift fully and fast set, which had God to him given,
- That war-deer did hold. Long was he contemned,
- While the bairns of the Geats naught told him for good,
- Nor him on the mead-bench worthy of mickle
- The lord of the war-hosts would be a-making.
- Weened they strongly that he were but slack then,
- An atheling unkeen; then came about change
- To the fame-happy man for every foul harm.
- Bade then the earls’ burg in to be bringing,
- The king battle-famed, the leaving of Hrethel,
- All geared with gold; was not ’mid the Geats then
- A treasure-gem better of them of the sword-kind,
- That which then on Beowulf’s barm there he laid;
- And gave to him there seven thousand in gift,
- A built house and king-stool; to both them together
- Was in that folkship land that was kindly,
- Father-right, home; to the other one rather
- A wide realm, to him who was there the better.
- But thereafter it went so in days later worn
- Through the din of the battle, sithence Hygelac lay low
- And unto Heardred swords of the battle
- Under the war-board were for a bane;
- When fell on him midst of this victory-folk
- The hard battle-wolves, the Scyldings of war,
- And by war overwhelmed the nephew of Hereric;
- That sithence unto Beowulf turned the broad realm
- All into his hand. Well then did he hold it
- For a fifty of winters; then was he an old king,
- An old fatherland’s warder; until one began
- Through the dark of the night-tide, a drake, to hold sway,
- In a howe high aloft watched over an hoard,
- A stone-burg full steep; thereunder a path sty’d
- Unknown unto men, and therewithin wended
- Who of men do I know not; for his lust there took he,
- From the hoard of the heathen his hand took away
- A hall-bowl gem-flecked, nowise back did he give it
- Though the herd of the hoard him sleeping beguil’d he
- With thief-craft; and this then found out the king,
- The best of folk-heroes, that wrath-bollen was he.