GLOSSARY OF CHARACTERS
Abel, slain by his brother Cain in Genesis
Aelfhere, kinsman of Wiglaf
Aeschere, counselor of Hrothgar, killed by Grendel's mother
Beanstan, Breca's father
Beowulf the Dane, son of Scyld, later king of the Danes
Beowulf the Geat, hero of the Geats, later their king, slayer of Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon
Breca, youth who had a rowing (some prefer "swimming") match with Beowulf
Brondings, the people of Beanstan and Breca
Brosings, makers of the magic necklace for the goddess Freya, probably a race of fire-dwarfs in Germanic mythology
Cain, slayer of his brother Abel in Genesis
Daeghrafn, hero of the Hugas, slain by Beowulf during the battle in which Hygelac was slain
Eadgils, Swedish prince, son of Ohtere, brother of Eanmund
Eanmund, Swedish prince, son of Ohtere, brother of Eadgils
Ecglaf, father of Hunferth
Ecgtheow, father of Beowulf, of the kin of the Waegmundings
Ecgweala, a king of the Danes
Eofor, warrior of the Geats, slew Ongentheow
Eomer, son of Offa the Angle
Eormenric, a king of the Ostrogoths
Finn, a king of the East Frisians or Jutes
Fitela, nephew and battle-companion of Sigemund
Folcwalda, father of Finn
Freawaru, daughter of Hrothgar
Froda, a king of the Heathobards
Garmund, father of Offa the Angle
Gifthas, an east-Germanic tribe related to the Goths
Grendel, monstrous descendent of Cain, slain by Beowulf
Guthlaf, a Danish warrior
Haereth, father of Hygd, wife of Hygelac
Haethcyn, a son of Hrethel, a king of the Geats; older brother of Hygelac
Halga, a Danish prince, younger brother of Hrothgar
Hama, an earlier Germanic hero
Healfdane (Halfdane), a king of the Danes, father of Hrothgar

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