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There were four cameos from the Middle East which were probably part of a casket.
The events in the poem take place over most of the sixth century, after the Anglo-Saxons had started migrating to England and before the beginning of the seventh century, a time when the Anglo-Saxons were either newly arrived or were still in close contact with their Germanic kinsmen in Northern Germany and southern Scandinavia.
Beowulf finally slays the dragon, but is mortally wounded in the struggle.
He is cremated and a burial mound by the sea is erected in his honour.
Eadgils was buried at Uppsala according to Snorri Sturluson.
When Eadgils' mound (to the left in the photo) was excavated in 1874, the finds supported Beowulf and the sagas.