Front Page Titles (by Subject) 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. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
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. - 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 WORM BURNS BEOWULF’S HOUSE, AND BEOWULF GETS READY TO GO AGAINST HIM. BEOWULF’S EARLY DEEDS IN BATTLE WITH THE HETWARE TOLD OF.
- BEGAN then the guest to spew forth of gleeds,
- The bright dwellings to burn; stood the beam of the burning
- For a mischief to menfolk; now nothing that quick was
- The loathly lift-flier would leave there forsooth;
- The war of the Worm was wide to be seen there,
- The narrowing foe’s hatred anigh and afar,
- How he, the fight-scather, the folk of the Geats
- Hated and harm’d; shot he back to the hoard,
- His dark lordly hall, ere yet was the day’s while;
- The land-dwellers had he in the light low encompass’d
- With bale and with brand; in his burg yet he trusted,
- His war-might and his wall: but his weening bewray’d him.
- Then Beowulf was done to wit of the terror
- Full swiftly forsooth, that the house of himself,
- Best of buildings, was molten in wellings of fire,
- The gift-stool of the Geats. To the good one was that
- A grief unto heart; of mind-sorrows the greatest.
- Weened the wise one, that Him, e’en the Wielder,
- The Lord everlasting, against the old rights
- He had bitterly anger’d; the breast boil’d within him
- With dark thoughts, that to him were naught duly wonted.
- Now had the fire-drake the own fastness of folk,
- The water-land outward, that ward of the earth,
- With gleeds to ground wasted; so therefore the war-king,
- The lord of the Weder-folk, learned him vengeance.
- Then he bade be work’d for him, that fence of the warriors,
- And that all of iron, the lord of the earls,
- A war-board all glorious, for wissed he yarely
- That the holt-wood hereto might help him no whit,
- The linden ’gainst fire-flame. Of fleeting days now
- The Atheling exceeding good end should abide,
- The end of the world’s life, and the Worm with him also,
- Though long he had holden the weal of the hoard.
- Forsooth scorned then the lord of the rings
- That he that wide-flier with war-band should seek,
- With a wide host; he fear’d not that war for himself,
- Nor for himself the Worm’s war accounted one whit,
- His might and his valour, for that he erst a many
- Strait-daring of battles had bided, and liv’d,
- Clashings huge of the battle, sithence he of Hrothgar,
- He, the man victory-happy, had cleansed the hall,
- And in war-tide had gripped the kindred of Grendel,
- The loathly of kindreds; nor was that the least
- Of hand-meetings, wherein erst was Hygelac slain,
- Sithence the Geats’ king in the onrush of battle,
- The lord-friend of the folks, down away in the Frieslands,
- The offspring of Hrethel, died, drunken of sword-drinks,
- All beaten of bill. Thence Beowulf came forth
- By his own craft forsooth, dreed the work of the swimming;
- He had on his arm, he all alone, thirty
- Of war-gears, when he to the holm went adown.
- Then nowise the Hetware needed to joy them
- Over the foot-war, wherein forth against him
- They bore the war-linden: few went back again
- From that wolf of the battle to wend to their homes.
- O’erswam then the waters’ round Ecgtheow’s son,
- Came all wretched and byrd-alone back to his people,
- Whereas offer’d him Hygd then the kingdom and hoard,
- The rings and the king-stool: trowed naught in the child,
- That he ’gainst folks outland the fatherland-seats
- Might can how to hold, now was Hygelac dead:
- Yet no sooner therefor might the poor folk prevail
- To gain from the Atheling in any of ways
- That he unto Heardred would be for a lord,
- Or eke that that kingdom henceforward should choose;
- Yet him midst of the folk with friend-lore he held,
- All kindly with honour till older he waxed
- And wielded the Weder-Geats. To him menwaifs thereafter
- Sought from over the sea, the sons they of Ohthere,
- For they erst had withstood the helm of the Scylfings,
- E’en him that was best of the kings of the sea,
- Of them that in Swede-realm dealt out the treasure,
- The mighty of princes. Unto him ’twas a life-mark;
- To him without food there was fated the life-wound,
- That Hygelac’s son, by the swinging of swords;
- And him back departed Ongentheow’s bairn,
- To go seek to his house, sithence Heardred lay dead,
- And let Beowulf hold the high seat of the king
- And wield there the Geats. Yea, good was that king.