Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Horn, a protagonist. The son of Murri and Godhild, he is the fairest boy in the land and a paragon of competence, courage, and virtue. After the invaders of Murri’s land send Horn and his twelve companions out to sea on a ship designed to sink, Horn manages to bring his crew to safety in the kingdom of Westernesse. Throughout the poem, his actions exemplify fortitude in battle, obedience to authority, and perseverance in love. Horn is incapable of evil; he is the epitome of goodness.
Murri, Horn’s father and the king of Suddene, who is murdered by invaders as he rides by the sea.
Godhild, Horn’s mother. After the death of her husband and the banishment of her sons, she withdraws from society and dwells alone under a rock, where she prays for the children’s safety.
Athulf, Horn’s brother, who resembles him, although he is not as fair. The poet says that Athulf is the best of Horn’s twelve companions.
Fikenhild, Horn’s antithesis, who is responsible for his exile from Westernesse. The embodiment of evil, Fikenhild is referred to as “the worst mother’s child.”
Aylmar, the king of Westernesse, who harbors Horn and his companions, eventually knighting them all. The poet suggests that Aylmar’s kingdom is somewhat more advanced than...
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