Beowulf comes to Herorot from…
As a result of Grendel’s attacks on Heorot…
the Danish thanes no longer sleep in mead-hall
Unferth taunts Beowulf because
he is jealous of Beowulf’s fame and boldness
Beowulf chose to fight Grendel unarmed because
he thinks it may be impossible to kill Grendel with a man-made weapon
Beowulf Heroic warrior who later became king of the Geats
Heroic warrior who later became king of the Geats
Monster – bears the curse of the descendents of Cain
King of the Danes; builder of famous mead-hall.
name of mead-hall
Why was Grendel coming to town?
To kill people and eat them
Was Grendel nocturnal?
Yes, he always came at night
Where did Grendel live?
In the swamp/marsh
What did Beowulf fight Grendel with?
His bear hands; Grendel could not be hurt with a sword
What limb did Grendel lose in the fight?
Where did Grendel die?
In his marsh
What did Beowulf do with his trophy?
He hung it from the ceiling.
Did Grendel escape?
How does Beowulf differ from the other soldiers whom Grendel has attacked?
He actually had the strength and bravery to fight and kill Grendel.
Why does Grendel go to Hrothgar’s dwelling?
to devour the men there
Why does Beowulf want to fight Grendel?
Grendel has killed many men.
Saving the helpless is what heros do.
Saving the helpless is what heros do.
What are the men doing when Beowulf arrives at the hall?
Sleeping after their :last supper” before Beowulf fight Grendel.
What makes Grendel angry?
Music; other people’s happiness
Who is the “captain of evil” , the “hell-serf”, and the “bane of the race of men”?
What does Grendel do when he arrives at the dwelling?
He kills a man by eating him alive.
What language was the epic pome of Beowulf originally written in?
Who is the Great captain?
What is the climax of the battle between Beowulf and Grendel?
Beowulf rips off Grendel’s arm
What is the setting of the story for battle between Beowulf and Grendel?
Herot and Grendel’s marshy home
What is an archetype?
details, plot patterns, character type, or themes found in the literature of many different cultures
What type of story is Beowulf?
What was Beowulf’s motive?
He wanted to help the danes and defeat cane’s descendant
What was Grendel’s motive?
He was bothered by the “noise”. He felt leftout and hungry.
What weapons did Beowulf have?
Beowulf had his strength.
What weapons did Grendel have?
What was Beowulf’ strategy?
Wait and let Grendel eat one guy and then attack.
What was Beowulf’s attitude for the battle?
Beowulf is confident, honorable, and selfless.
What was Grendel’s attitude for the battle?
Grendel is confident.
What is the behavior of the thanes?
Thanes try to attack Grendel with swords, but the swords couldn’t cut or pierce his skin.
What was the outcome of the battle?
Grendel’s arm is displayed in Herot. Grendel dies in his lair.
How does Herot Hall hold up under the battle? What could destroy it?
Nothing can destroy it
Describe the home of Grendel as seen by the warriors the day after the battle.
A cave under bloody, steaming water, as murky as hell
the hall was “crowded with sleeping ____, stuffed with rows of ____.”
What does “fate” have in store for Grendel that night?
to gnaw the bones of his last human supper
Why can’t Grendel get away from Beowulf?
he has a tight, hard grip
What is the only thing that Herot Hall cannot withstand?
Grendel screams, waking up the ____. When they wake they try to help Beowulf by attacking Grendel with their ____.
Why can’t Beowulf’s warriors help him kill Grendel?
weapons were bewitched so they could do no damage
Which of the Anglo-Saxon virtues / values (friendship, loyalty, peace and courage); does Beowulf display in the battle with Grendel?
Why did Hrothgar build Herot?
To honor his men
Who is Grendel a descendant of?
Cain (the murderer from the Bible)
Where does Beowulf live?
Why did the people of Sweden want Beowulf to go fight Grendel?
they have that much confidence in his abilities
How many men did Beowulf take on his boat?