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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:57 AM via web

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Can anybody supply me with the summary of the epic "Beowulf" in as few words as possible?

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jordanacus | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM (Answer #1)

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As few words as possible?Beowulf is an epic, so a short summar is going to be VERY simple, and exclude a lot of detail, but I'll try. It was one of my favorites. Here we go:

Hrothgar, a danish king, builds a mead hall to celebrate his reign. He and his subjects party, and attract the attention of grendal, a nearby monster. He kills many of them, and begins attacking regulary. News of this get to the Gaets , AND bEOWULF, THE GREATEST OF THEM OF ALL, DECIDES TO GO HELP. tHEY VENTURE TO hROTHGAR'S KIBNGDOM, WEFIND hROTHGAR AND eCGTHEOW, bEOWULLF'S FATHER, settled a feud.

Hrothgar throws a feast for Beowulf that night, and Unferth accuses Beowulf of not being great, in that he lost a swimming match. We find Beowulf won the match, and he promises Wealtheow, the queen he will kill grendel. 

Grendal comes that night. Beowulf and grendal fight, and Beowulf tears off his arm. Grendal leaves, they feast again.

Gifts are presented, many to Beowulf. That night grendal's mother comes and takes Aechere, hrothgar's friend. Hrothgar tells Beowulf where grendal's mother is. 

Beowulf and Hrothgar ride to her place. Beowulf finds her at the bottom of a moor, tryies to attack her with his sword, it doesnt work. he finds one in the lair and cuts off her head with it. He also finds grendal and kills him.

Beowulf leaves, Hrothgar is ad to see him go. beowulf returns to their land where Hygelac, tghe king, is so proud he gives beowulf half the kingdom....

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jordanacus | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM (Answer #2)

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Hrothgar, a danish king, builds a mead hall to celebrate his reign. He and his subjects party, and attract the attention of grendal, a nearby monster. He kills many of them, and begins attacking regulary. News of this get to the Gaets , AND bEOWULF, THE GREATEST OF THEM OF ALL, DECIDES TO GO HELP.

Hrothgar throws a feast for Beowulf that night. Grendal comes that night. Beowulf and grendal fight, and Beowulf tears off his arm. Grendal leaves, they feast again.

Gifts are presented, many to Beowulf. That night grendal's mother comes and takes Aechere, hrothgar's friend. Hrothgar tells Beowulf where grendal's mother is. 

Beowulf and Hrothgar ride to her place. Beowulf finds her at the bottom of a moor, tryies to attack her with his sword, it doesnt work. he finds one in the lair and cuts off her head with it. He also finds grendal and kills him.

Beowulf leaves, Hrothgar is ad to see him go. beowulf returns to their land where Hygelac, tghe king, is so proud he gives beowulf half the kingdom.

After 15 year, a Gaet steals a cup from a Dragon's treasure, and the dragon attacks the Gaets. Beowulf and his men go after the dragon. 

 The dragon scares all but two away: Beowulf and Wiglaf. The Dragon and Beowulf kill each other and Beowulf leaves the treasure to Wiglaf. 

When the cowards return, Wiglaf chastizes them and sends a messenger to tell of Beowulf, the greatest of all kings, death. 

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:41 AM (Answer #3)

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Beowulf is about an ancient, epic hero who fights and defeats three evil dragons.

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