The Death of Beowulf

Kyle Rackelin, Brooke Rose, Anna Salvati, Daniel Schapker


“You’re the last of our far-flung family.”

Kennings Referring to God

Throughout the chapter of The Death of Beowulf, there are two kennings referring to God. They are, "knowing the Lord of all life",and "Our father in heaven, Ruler of the Earth".

Kennings Referring to Wiglaf

The kennings used for Wiglaf are, "Then Wexstan's son went in", "Wexstan's brave son", and "a brave younger warrior".

Kennings Referring to Beowulf

Beowulf has many kennings in the chapter of The Death of Beowulf. They are, "wounded king", "his famous bloody king", "brave king", "their mighty War-king, the great lord of the Geats", "the gray-bearded lord of the Geats", and "his wounded king, weak and dying".

Kennings Referring to the Dragon

There are two kennings used for the dragon that Beowulf fought in his last battle. The first one is "the fire-spitting terror", and the second is, "it had flown in the darkness, once, before fighting its final battle".

Kennings Referring to the Geats

There is one kenning in the chapter The Death of Beowulf that refers to the Geats. Beowulf is speaking and he says, "people I've ruled so long".

Archetypes in "The Death of Beowulf" Chapter:


Beowulf definitely fits under the hero category because of his pure courage for slaying monsters and fighting any evil to protect his kingdom and people. He is so strong and mighty that some might say he is super-human. When in doubt of his weapons, he uses his bare hands to battle with any villains. During the story, he wins every fight he volunteers to go up against. But at the end of the story, his weak and older body is vulnerable against the fire breathing dragon. Although he kills the dragon, he dies too because he is terribly wounded. Even so, he definitely shows traits of being the hero of the Epic. His bravery surpasses all other warriors in the land.

"He'd reached the end of his days, their mighty/ War-king, the great lord of the Geats/ Gone to a glorious death." (868-870)


Beowulf's warriors have the traits of being complete cowards throughout the Epic. They are not very trustworthy when it comes to fighting by his side. When in the face of danger and fear, they run away like cowards and hide in the forest. Beowulf's men leave him behind to fight alone. They would rather be safe instead of fighting honorably and valiantly next to Beowulf. They are traitors to their king for not battling the dragon with him. This possibly could've saved Beowulf life if they hadn't been scared.

"Then Wiglaf turned and angrily told them/ what mean without courage must hear/ Wextan's brave son stared at the traitors/ His heart sorrowful…" (847-850)

Trusty Side-Kick

Through his bravery to fight next to Beowulf and help his praised leader, Wiglaf shows tremendous trustworthiness toward his King. When the other warriors went running, Wiglaf stayed back and volunteered to help. He was Beowulf's trusty side-kick. Wiglaf stayed honorable and followed tradition by lending a hand to his beloved King and hero.

"You're the last of our far- flung family/ fate has swept our race away." (825-826)