Wiglaf


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Wiglaf

stood by Beowulf to fight dragon while others fled. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
See: Loyalty
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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One only, Wiglaf was his name, would not forsake his liege lord.
[...] It is the heroism of obedience and love not of pride or wilfulness that is the most heroic and the most moving; from Wiglaf under his kinsman's shield, to Beorhtwold at Maldon, down to Balaclava, even if it is enshrined in verse no better than The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Both the Geatish messenger reporting his death and Beowulf's heir, Wiglaf, prophesy a dark future of war and exile.
However, one of his men, Wiglaf, who finds great distress in seeing Beowulf's plight, comes to Beowulf's aid.
Following Beowulf's bittersweet victory over and defeat by the dragon, Wiglaf prophesizes a terrible period of war and unrest among the Scandinavian tribes.
The dragon from underearth, his nightmarish destroyer, lay destroyed as well, utterly without life (2821-26) At first, this passage focuses on Wiglaf's observation, so readers see Beowulf through Wiglaf's eyes.
For that narrative concludes with Grendel's mother beckoning to Wiglaf, Beowulf's successor, promising him the same sort of "immortality" she had offered to Beowulf, a "story [that] would live on when everything now alive is dust." That Wiglaf pauses--as does the film which ends on a freeze frame--leaves that "bargain," the same one that brought Beowulf death and destruction, still to be considered, still to be negotiated, as it is in our films as well.
When Wiglaf runs to Beowulf's aid during his fight with the dragon, the poet levels gnomic praise at his decision to fight: "Sibb' aefre ne maeg / wiht onwendan pam de wel penced" [The bond of kinship is never able to be set aside, for one who thinks rightly] (2600b-01).
The calculations have been performed on the HPC facility Wiglaf at the Physics Department of the University of Trento.
In part 1, Beowulf's potential "dynastic recruitment" (48) creates substantial expectation in both Hrothgar and Hygelac's court, and that expectation returns in part 2 at Beowulf's final departure/death as he recruits Wiglaf to rule after him.
Aided by his loyal sidekick Wiglaf (Brendan Gleeson), Beowulf wrestles with Grendel and rips the beast's claw from its socket, fatally wounding his prey.
Aided by his loyal sidekick Wiglaf (Gleeson), Beowulf wrestles with Grendel and rips the beast's claw from its socket, fatally wounding his prey.