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Shield Sheafson in Beowulf

Shield Sheafson

Shield Sheafson is the founder of the tribe of the Spear-Danes, a great warrior who manages to establish a little dynasty. Shield Sheafson's funeral is one of the first scenes in Beowulf, reminding us of the fragility of life and the importance, for a Scandinavian warrior, of establishing a name for himself during life so that he can be celebrated after death.