Hrethel (Hrēðel; Hrōþilaz) was the king of the Geats, in Beowulf. He was the son or son-in-law of Swerting and he had three sons Hæþcyn, Herebeald and Hygelac. He also had a daughter who married Ecgþeow and had the son Beowulf. Hrethel fostered Beowulf (his grandson) by taking him into his royal household aged seven. Fostering was a common ...
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