Front Page Titles (by Subject) XXXIV.: BEOWULF GOES AGAINST THE WORM. HE TELLS OF HEREBEALD AND HÆTHCYN. - The Tale of Beowulf, sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
XXXIV.: BEOWULF GOES AGAINST THE WORM. HE TELLS OF HEREBEALD AND HÆTHCYN. - 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 GOES AGAINST THE WORM. HE TELLS OF HEREBEALD AND HÆTHCYN.
- OF that fall of the folk-king he minded the payment
- In days that came after: unto Eadgils he was
- A friend to him wretched; with folk he upheld him
- Over the wide sea, that same son of Ohthere,
- With warriors and weapons. Sithence had he wreaking
- With cold journeys of care: from the king took he life.
- Now each one of hates thus had he outlived,
- And of perilous slaughters, that Ecgtheow’s son,
- All works that be doughty, until that one day
- When he with the Worm should wend him to deal.
- So twelvesome he set forth all swollen with anger,
- The lord of the Geats, the drake to go look on.
- Aright had he learnt then whence risen the feud was,
- The bale-hate against men-folk: to his barm then had come
- The treasure-vat famous by the hand of the finder;
- He was in that troop of men the thirteenth
- Who the first of that battle had set upon foot,
- The thrall, the sad-minded; in shame must he thenceforth
- Wise the way to the plain; and against his will went he
- Thereunto, where the earth-hall the one there he wist,
- The howe under earth anigh the holm’s welling,
- The wave-strife: there was it now full all within
- With gems and with wires; the monster, the warden,
- The yare war-wolf, he held him therein the hoard golden,
- The old under the earth: it was no easy cheaping
- To go and to gain for any of grooms.
- Sat then on the ness there the strife-hardy king
- While farewell he bade to his fellows of hearth,
- The gold-friend of the Geats; sad was gotten his soul,
- Wavering, death-minded; weird nigh beyond measure,
- Which him old of years gotten now needs must be greeting,
- Must seek his soul’s hoard and asunder must deal
- His life from his body: no long while now was
- The life of the Atheling in flesh all bewounden.
- Now spake out Beowulf, Ecgtheow’s bairn:
- Many a one in my youth of war-onsets I outliv’d,
- And the whiles of the battle: all that I remember.
- Seven winters had I when the wielder of treasures,
- The lord-friend of folk, from my father me took,
- Held me and had me Hrethel the king,
- Gave me treasure and feast, and remember’d the friendship.
- For life thence I was not to him a whit loather,
- A berne in his burgs than his bairns were, or each one,
- Herebeald, or Hæthcyn, or Hygelac mine.
- For the eldest there was in unseemly wise
- By the mere deed of kinsman a murder-bed strawen,
- Whenas him did Hæthcyn from out of his hornbow,
- His lord and his friend, with shaft lay alow:
- His mark he miss’d shooting, and shot down his kinsman,
- One brother another with shaft all bebloody’d;
- That was fight feeless by fearful crime sinned,
- Soul-weary to heart, yet natheless then had
- The atheling from life all unwreak’d to be ceasing.
- So sad-like it is for a carle that is aged
- To be biding the while that his boy shall be riding
- Yet young on the gallows; then a lay should he utter,
- A sorrowful song whenas hangeth his son
- A gain unto ravens, and naught good of avail
- May he, old and exceeding old, anywise frame.
- Ever will he be minded on every each morning
- Of his son’s faring otherwhere; nothing he heedeth
- Of abiding another withinward his burgs,
- An heritage-warder, then whenas the one
- By the very death’s need hath found out the ill.
- Sorrow-careful he seeth within his son’s bower
- The waste wine-hall, the resting-place now of the winds,
- All bereft of the revel; the riders are sleeping,
- The heroes in grave, and no voice of the harp is,
- No game in the garths such as erewhile was gotten.