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The Danish king "Scyld Scefing," whose story is told in the opening lines of the ..
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Medieval History from Alfred the Great to The Battle of Castillon

“I suggested in an earlier paper that the Beowulf poet’s incentive for composing an epic about sixth-century Scyldings may have had something to do with the fact that, by the 890’s at least, Heremod, Scyld, Healfdene, and the rest, were taken to be the common ancestors both of the Anglo-Saxon royal family and of the ninth-century Danish immigrants, the Scaldingi” (Frank 60)....

It is the very earliest reference we have to the figure of Scyld Scefing or to the ..
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Free Beowulf Christianity Essays and Papers - 123HelpMe

The poem deals with , i.e., it was composed for entertainment and does not separate between fictional elements and real historic events, such as the raid by King into , ca. 516. Scholars generally agree that many of the personalities of Beowulf also appear in Scandinavian sources, but this does not only concern people (e.g., , , , , and ), but also (e.g., , and ) and some of the events (e.g., the ). The Scandinavian sources are notably , , and the Latin summary of the lost . As far as Sweden is concerned, the dating of the events in the poem has been confirmed by archaeological excavations of the indicated by and by Swedish tradition as the graves of (dated to c. 530) and his son (dated to c. 575) in , Sweden. In Denmark, recent archaeological excavations at , where Scandinavian tradition located the seat of the Scyldings, i.e., , have revealed that a hall was built in the mid-6th century, exactly the time period of Beowulf. Three halls, each about 50 metres long, were found during the excavation.

The Sutton Hoo sight is reminiscent of Scyld Scefing’s burial, who also was laid to rest on a ship surrounded by his treasure
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While the poet’s reflections and characters’ statements are mostly Christian, the customs and ceremonies, on the other hand, are almost entirely heathen/pagan: At the beginning of the poem, there is the account of the pagan funeral rites of Scyld Scefing, and at the close of the poem we see the heathen rites of buria...

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