Scyld scefing and the dating
The Beowulf poet places him in a boat which is seen in other stories about Scef as a child in a boat.
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He is the counterpart of the Skioldus or Skjöldr of Danish and Icelandic sources.
He appears in the opening lines of Beowulf, where he is referred to as Scyld Scefing, indicating he is a descendant of Sceafa, Scyld son of Scef, or Scyld of the Sheaf.
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Subsequently, the figure of Scyld was exported to Scandinavia and, though perhaps absent from autochthonous traditions, incorporated as accepted wisdom into written history and legend.
Scyld Scefing is the legendary ancestor of the Danish royal lineage known as the Scyldings.
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Its meter is defined by its stress patterns, not by vowel length or number of syllables. The alliteration of the whole line is determined by the first heavily stressed syllable of the second half-line.
The Old English poetic line has two halves, divided by a sharp pause, or caesura. This third stress will alliterate with either or both of the two stresses in the first half-line.