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Pages 36-39 Who is Higlac? 1. Beowulf’s King What qualities of Beowulf are first introduced? *Beowulf is loved by the Geats *He knew the sea and is willing to set sail to the Danes to help fight Grendel *he is of noble birth What does Beowulf plan to do after hearing of Hrothgar’s troubles? He plans to cross the sea to fight Grendel How do the wise ones of Beowulf’s tribe feel about his going? They didn’t regret his going since the omens were good. They urged the adventure on. How many men went with Beowulf? What qualities do they have? 14 men considered the mightiest, bravest and best. What order does Wulfgar give Beowulf and his men? To go to King Hrothgar in their armor and helmets but to leave their battle-shields and spears. He says “Let them [the weapons] lie waiting for the promises your words may make.” (Side note: Beowulf listens, but he orders a few to remain with their weapons.) What past accomplishments does Beowulf talk about? In Beowulf’s Boast he talks about the glory of his youth. He has killed enemies in war He has driven 5 great giants into chains so that giants no longer live on earth. He has swam into the dark ocean hunting monsters How will Beowulf fight Grendel? What does this show about him? He will fight him using his hands (no weapon). Since Grendel, the monster, does not use weapons, neither will he. He shows courage and wants a fair fight. What does Beowulf request if he dies? To send his chain mail armor to Higlac and return his inheritance How have the last 12 years been since Grendel began his raids? Grendel has brought damage to the hall. Hrothgar’s ranks of warriors have become smaller. Hrothgar’s men, after too much drinking, often boast that they can kill Grendel. However, when morning comes, the mead hall is stained with the blood of his kinsmen.
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