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The stories in the poem may have been brought to England by people of Geatish origins.
Some suggest that Beowulf was first composed in the 7th century at Rendlesham in East Anglia, as the Sutton Hoo ship-burial shows close connections with Scandinavia, and the East Anglian royal dynasty, the Wuffingas, may have been descendants of the Geatish Wulfings.
After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory.
Beowulf is the first surviving epic written in the English language.
First and foremost, Beowulf's author is a Christian, and he makes the Christian world extremely visible.
He alludes to Cain and the Flood; he shows the Christian God's influence upon the pagan world of the Danes.
The single existing copy of the manuscript dates from the late tenth century, although some scholars believe it dates from the first part of the eleventh century.
It is found in a large volume that features stories involving mythical creatures and people.
In Denmark, recent archaeological excavations at Lejre, where Scandinavian tradition located the seat of the Scyldings, i.e., Heorot, have revealed that a hall was built in the mid-6th century, exactly the time period of Beowulf.