Small, shy, afraid of his own shadow. The exact opposite to Sigemund.
Describe Sigemund and Fitela’s relationship. What is each man responsible for when they performed brave deeds?
They were inseparable. Fitela could get into places – like through enemies legs – which Sigemund couldn’t. He could hang on a horsetail, getting the horse to toss the rider, and then Sigemund would finish him. Sigemund would capitalize on Fitela’s efforts to lead the enemy to defeat.
In five sentences, summarize Sigemund and Fitela’s battle against the Fire Dragon.
a. Sigemund and Fitela swim to the island.
b. Fitela, waiting for Sigemund’s bubbles in the water, grabs the Dragon’s tail. The Dragon’s 4th head turned toward Fitela.
c. Sigemund seized air (1st head) and locked it with the 4th head. Saving Fitela and sending flame back down the Dragon’s throat.
d. Fitela grabbed the tail again, Sigemund gets Earth (2nd head) and rammed it into the Jams of the 4th head. Soil poured into the Dragon’ throat.
e. Fitela twists the tail; Sigemund adds the 3rd head (water) to the knot. The fire is trapped and goes into the dragon’s belly and kills him.
Why did the storyteller pick this story to tell Beowulf? What is the storyteller’s point?
Because the successes of Sigemund and Fitela are tiny (fleabites) compared to Beowulf.