Beowulf 16 words

  1. burg
    colloquial American term for a town
    Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings,
    leader beloved, and long he ruled
    in fame with all folk, since his father had gone
    away from the world, till awoke an heir,
    haughty Healfdene, who held through life,
    sage and sturdy, the Scyldings glad.
  2. elves
    an acronym for emissions of light and very low frequency perturbations due to electromagnetic pulse sources; extremely bright extremely short (less than a msec) electrical flashes forming a huge ring (up to 400 km diameter) in the ionosphere
    Of Cain awoke all that woful breed,
    Etins [footnote 7] and elves and evil-spirits,
    as well as the giants that warred with God
    weary while: but their wage was paid them!
  3. winsome
    charming in a childlike or naive way
    So lived the clansmen in cheer and revel
    a winsome life, till one began
    to fashion evils, that field of hell.
  4. moorland
    open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
    Grendel this monster grim was called,
    march-riever [footnote 5] mighty, in moorland living,
    in fen and fastness; fief of the giants
    the hapless wight a while had kept
    since the Creator his exile doomed.
  5. fief
    a piece of land held under the feudal system
    Grendel this monster grim was called,
    march-riever [footnote 5] mighty, in moorland living,
    in fen and fastness; fief of the giants
    the hapless wight a while had kept
    since the Creator his exile doomed.
  6. feud
    a bitter quarrel between two parties
    Not reckless of promise, the rings he dealt,
    treasure at banquet: there towered the hall,
    high, gabled wide, the hot surge waiting
    of furious flame. [footnote 2] Nor far was that day
    when father and son-in-law stood in feud
    for warfare and hatred that woke again. [footnote 3]

    With envy and anger an evil spirit
    endured the dole in his dark abode,
    that he heard each day the din of revel
    high in the hall: there harps rang out,
    clear song of the singer.
  7. fen
    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
    Grendel this monster grim was called,
    march-riever [footnote 5] mighty, in moorland living,
    in fen and fastness; fief of the giants
    the hapless wight a while had kept
    since the Creator his exile doomed.
  8. henchman
    someone who assists in a plot
    It came in his mind
    to bid his henchmen a hall uprear,
    a master mead-house, mightier far
    than ever was seen by the sons of earth,
    and within it, then, to old and young
    he would all allot that the Lord had sent him,
    save only the land and the lives of his men.
  9. mead
    made of fermented honey and water
    It came in his mind
    to bid his henchmen a hall uprear,
    a master mead-house, mightier far
    than ever was seen by the sons of earth,
    and within it, then, to old and young
    he would all allot that the Lord had sent him,
    save only the land and the lives of his men.
  10. bode
    indicate by signs
    Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings,
    leader beloved, and long he ruled
    in fame with all folk, since his father had gone
    away from the world, till awoke an heir,
    haughty Healfdene, who held through life,
    sage and sturdy, the Scyldings glad.
  11. allot
    give out
    It came in his mind
    to bid his henchmen a hall uprear,
    a master mead-house, mightier far
    than ever was seen by the sons of earth,
    and within it, then, to old and young
    he would all allot that the Lord had sent him,
    save only the land and the lives of his men.
  12. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    Not reckless of promise, the rings he dealt,
    treasure at banquet: there towered the hall,
    high, gabled wide, the hot surge waiting
    of furious flame. [footnote 2] Nor far was that day
    when father and son-in-law stood in feud
    for warfare and hatred that woke again. [footnote 3]

    With envy and anger an evil spirit
    endured the dole in his dark abode,
    that he heard each day the din of revel
    high in the hall: there harps rang out,
    clear song of the singer.
  13. harp
    a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers
    Not reckless of promise, the rings he dealt,
    treasure at banquet: there towered the hall,
    high, gabled wide, the hot surge waiting
    of furious flame. [footnote 2] Nor far was that day
    when father and son-in-law stood in feud
    for warfare and hatred that woke again. [footnote 3]

    With envy and anger an evil spirit
    endured the dole in his dark abode,
    that he heard each day the din of revel
    high in the hall: there harps rang out,
    clear song of the singer.
  14. sage
    a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
    Now Beowulf bode in the burg of the Scyldings,
    leader beloved, and long he ruled
    in fame with all folk, since his father had gone
    away from the world, till awoke an heir,
    haughty Healfdene, who held through life,
    sage and sturdy, the Scyldings glad.
  15. warfare
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
    Not reckless of promise, the rings he dealt,
    treasure at banquet: there towered the hall,
    high, gabled wide, the hot surge waiting
    of furious flame. [footnote 2] Nor far was that day
    when father and son-in-law stood in feud
    for warfare and hatred that woke again. [footnote 3]

    With envy and anger an evil spirit
    endured the dole in his dark abode,
    that he heard each day the din of revel
    high in the hall: there harps rang out,
    clear song of the singer.
  16. rapid
    characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
    It fell, as he ordered,
    in rapid achievement that ready it stood there,
    of halls the noblest: Heorot [footnote 1] he named it
    whose message had might in many a land.