Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race

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Dagda. Irish people and wrath of, 158

Da´g-hrefn. Frankish warrior who slays Hygelac; killed by Beowulf’s deadly hand-grip, 35

Danes. Corpse of Scyld sorrowfully placed in vessel by, 2;
feasting of, in Heorot, 4;
slain in Heorot by Grendel, 4;
desert Heorot, 5;
welcome Geats and Beowulf, 10;
rejoice over Beowulf’s victory, 18-29;
friendship with Geats, 30;
Gospel preached to, 157;
Prince Sigtryg sends forty to King Alef, 348;
plan ambush for Haco, 350;
rescue Cornish princess, 350, 351

1. Occupation of England and its influence on language, &c., 73.
2. Invasions, hero-legends which have come down from times of, 286

Danube. Huns overwhelmed in, 52

Dechtire. Sister of King Conor, 185

Decius. Reference to, 156

Demons. Appear in Erin to buy souls, 168;
visited by Cathleen, 176;
revisited by her, 179;
Cathleen sells her soul to, to ransom her people, 179;
cheated of Cathleen’s soul, 182

Denmark. Under sway of Scyld Scefing, 2;
Scyld Scefing mysteriously comes to, as babe, 2;
Beowulf sails to deliver King of, from Grendel, 6;
Warden of, challenges Beowulf, 6;
King Birkabeyn’s rule over, 74;
Godard made regent of, on behalf of Havelok, 75;
Havelok sails from, with Grim, 80;
Havelok’s dream concerning, 86;
Havelok’s return to, and recognition as King of, 87-92

Diarmuit. Irish hero, 156

Diocletian. Emperor; Constantine evades jealousy of, 63

Dodderer. Horse offered as wergild by Thorbiorn to Howard, 107

Dover. Princess Goldborough imprisoned in castle of, 81;
Hereward sails from, to Whitby, 339

Dublin. Demons arrive at village near, 168

Dundrum. Bricriu receives King Conor and court at, 188

Dunstan. Monk; his saintly reputation, 335

Durendala. Roland’s famous sword, 136;
Roland tries in vain to break, 152


Ecgtheow (eg´theow). Father of Beowulf, 10;
shielded by Hrothgar against Wilfings, 11

Edinburgh. Black Colin at, en route to Holy Land, 253

1. The First: reference to war between England and Scotland during reign of, 249;
2. The Second: reference, ibid., 249.
3. The Confessor: division of England under, 335;
Hereward at court of, 337, 338;
[Pg 360] banishes Hereward, 338, 339;
Alftruda, ward of, 339

Egypt. Constantine’s valour in wars in, 64;
philosophers from, with remedies for Constantine’s leprosy, 65

Electra. Reference to Orestes and, 95

Elena. Same as Elene and Helena, 63

Elene” (elā´nĕ). Cynewulf’s poem of, on the subject of Constantine’s conversion, 42;
summoned from Britain by Constantine, is baptized, and seeks the sacred Cross, 54-62.
Same as Helena (Elena), 63

Elfleda the Fair. Daughter of King Birkabeyn, 74;
slain by Godard, 76

Ely. Hereward’s defence of, 334

Emer. Daughter of Forgall the Wily; wooed and wedded by Cuchulain, 186;
flattered by Bricriu, 189;
flattered by Queen Meave, 195;
adjudged by Uath to have first place among all the women of Ulster, 203

Engelier the Gascon. Mortally wounded, 143

England. Mediæval, and Constantine the Great, 42;
influence on language by Danish occupation, 73;
Athelstan, King of, 73;
Athelwold, King of, 80;
Grim sails from Denmark to, 80;
arrives at, in Humber (Grimsby), 81;
Havelok’s dream concerning, 86;
Fergus journeys to, 165;
the outlaw of mediæval, 225;
King of, pardons outlaws, William of Cloudeslee, &c., 243;
war between Scotland and, 249;
government of, during twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries, 314;
division of, under Edward the Confessor, 335;
cause of being laid at Conqueror’s feet, 338

Englewood. Outlaws in forest of, under Adam Bell, William of Cloudeslee, and Clym of the Cleugh, 226;
outlaw band broken up, 247

Ercol. Ailill’s foster-father; heroes sent to, 194

Erin. See Ireland,