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In Beowulf, what were the three descendants of scyld?

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Posted January 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM via iOS

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In Beowulf, what were the three descendants of scyld?

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Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In Beowulf, two different royal houses are defined: House of Hrethel and The Scyldings. Beowulf belonged to the House of Hrethel and Hrothgar belonged to the Scyldings.

The Scyldings, in accordance to the epic, began with Scyld Scefing (Hrothgar's great-grandfather). Scefing's son was Beow, who then fathered Helfdene. Helfdene fatherd four children (Hrothgar, Heorogar, Halga, and Yrse (while some argue Yrse's place in the Scylding house).

Hrothgar married Wealhtheow. They had had three children (Hrethic, Hrothmund, and Freawaru).

Therefore, the three generations of the Scyld are:

First generation: Scyld Scefing

Second generation: Beow

Third generation: Helfdene

Hrothgar is the fourth generation of the Scyldings.

 

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