(an early form of ‘Roger’) was an early 6th century King
He had a
large army and built a magnificent great
hall called ‘Heorot’ for them.
When it was
finished, they held a big party. All the noise disturbed a
monster, called Grendel, who lived in a lake nearby.
killed thirty of the Hrothgar’s men that night. His attacks
continued for the next twelve years.
A Prince of
the Geats (from Southern Sweden), called Beowulf, heard of
He took 14
brave thanes and travelled to
Hrothgar’s court. There he boasted of his successes in
battle, especially against sea monsters.
thane called Uneferth accused Beowulf of exaggerating, but
King Hrothgar hoped he would be able to help him. He offered
him lots of treasure to kill Grendel.
night, when Grendel appeared, the Danes fled. Beowulf wrestled
the monster alone and tore off its arm! The Danes then
returned, singing Beowulf’s praises. There was a big party
and he was given his reward.