Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race

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Homer. Greeks of, early Britons, and Irish Celts, racial affinity between, 184

Hood, Robin. See Robin Hood

Horn. His story originally a story of Viking raids, 286;
son of King Murry and Queen Godhild, 286, 308;
Athulf, and next Fikenhild, his favourite companions, 287;
captured by Saracens, 288;
cast adrift upon the sea, 288, 289;
lands on shore of Westernesse, 289;
questioned by King of Westernesse, 290;
adopted by King Ailmar, 291;
Athelbrus trains as a knight, 291, 292;
loved by Princess Rymenhild, 292;
Athulf personates before Princess Rymenhild, 293;
welcomed to Rymenhild’s bower, and hears her declaration of love, 294, 295;
dubbed knight, 297;
his first exploit, 298;
spied on by Fikenhild, 299, 300;
banished by King Ailmar, 300;
sails for Ireland, 301;
serves King Thurston under name of Cuthbert, 301;
slays the giant emir, 301, 302;
King Thurston offers his kingdom and daughter to, 302;
receives letter from Rymenhild, 304;
reveals his identity to King Thurston and implores his help, 304;
returns to Westernesse, accompanied by Irish knights, 304;
in disguise, visits Rymenhild’s wedding feast, 305;
his stratagem to test Rymenhild’s love, 306, 307;
the fictitious death of, 307;
reveals his identity to Rymenhild, 307;
arranges with Athulf to deliver Rymenhild, 308;
weds Rymenhild, 308;
reconquers Suddene, 310;
finds his mother, 310, 311;
crowned King of Suddene, 311;
warned in dream of Rymenhild’s danger, 311;
his return to Westernesse, 311, 312;
slays Fikenhild, 313;
dwells at Suddene with Rymenhild, 313

Howard the Halt. Popular Icelandic saga, 96;
famous Viking, 97;
Biargey, wife of, 97;
Olaf, son of, 97;
upbraids Olaf, 100;
removes from Bathstead, 103;
mourns Olaf’s death, 106;
claims wergild for Olaf, 106-111;
sheltered by Steinthor, 108, 109;
urged by Biargey to seek vengeance, 106, 107, 113;
seeks help of Valbrand, 114;
slays Thorbiorn, 116;
sheltered by Steinthor, 117;
judgment of Thing against, 118;
his nephews exiled, 118

Hrethel (rethel). Father of Hygelac and grandfather of Beowulf, 6;
Beowulf and the king’s sons, Herebeald, Hathcyn, and Hygelac, 34;
Beowulf recites his death, 35

Hrethric (re´th-ric). Son of Hrothgar; succeeds his father, 31

Hrothgar (roth´gār). Great-grandson of Scyld, 2;
builds the hall Heorot, or “The Hart,” 3;
grief of, over Grendel’s fierce ravages, 4;
champions offer aid to, 5;
Geats conducted to, 8;
son of Healfdene, 9;
Wealhtheow, wife of, 14;
rejoices over Beowulf’s victory, 18-29;
Aschere, thane of, carried off by Grendel’s mother, 21;
grief [Pg 366] of, over loss of Aschere, 22;
succeeded by his son Hrethric, 31

Hrunting (runting). Hunferth’s sword, lent Beowulf for the purpose of attacking Grendel’s mother, 23-25

Hugas. See Huns, 50

Hugh the Raven. Youngest son of Grim; accompanies Havelok to Denmark, 87

Humber. Grim arrives in, 81

Hunferth. Hrothgar’s orator, jealous of Beowulf, 12;
lends Beowulf his sword, Hrunting, 23, 24

Huns. Form a confederation with the Goths, Franks, and Hugas to overthrow Constantine, 50;
Romans conquer by Cross standard, 52

Hygd. Wife of King Hygelac; hails Beowulf’s return to Geatland, 29, 30;
offers crown to Beowulf, 31

Hygelac (hē´gĕ-lac). King of Geats, 1;
son of King Hrethel, 5, 34;
brother-in-law of Ecgtheow, 6;
uncle of Beowulf, 6;
hails Beowulf’s return to Geatland, 29, 30;
Beowulf chief champion of, 30;
slain in expedition against the Hetware, 31;
succeeded by his son, Heardred, 31;
brought up with brothers, Herebeald and Hathcyn, and Beowulf, 34


Icefirth. Thorbiorn in, 97

Iceland. Christian faith in, 96, 97

1. Saga, “Howard the Halt,” 96.
2. Ghosts, reference to, 96

Innis Eoalan. The Lady of Loch Awe builds a castle on ruins of White House on, 257

Innocents, Holy. Constantine declared more cruel than Herod, who killed the, 67

Ireland. Characteristics common to people of, 156;
known in olden Europe as “Isle of Saints,” 157;
Gospel preached to people of, 157;
High King of, convinced of truth of Trinity, 157;
strife in, 158;
famine in, 159-183;
famine tempts people to revolt from the True Faith, 167;
demons arrive in, 168;
Cuchulain without fear among the champions of, 185;
Horn at, 301-304;
Horn touches at, on way to Suddene, 313;
Sigtryg, son of a Danish king, in, 343;
Hereward sails for, 346

Irish. Relation of literature, to Greek literature, 184;
Celts, early Britons, and Greeks of Homer, one stock, 184;
heroes, and legends concerning, 248

Isle of Saints. See Ireland,