pa ic on morgne gefraegn maeg o??erne billes ecgum on bonan staelan, ??aer Ongenbeow Eofores niosa??; gu??helm toglad, gomela Scylfing hreas heoroblac, hond gemunde faehd o genoge, feorhsweng ne ofteah.
(2379-96) Him [Heardred] exiles over the sea sought, the sons of Ohthere; they had rebelled against the lord of the Scylfings, the best of sea-kings who in Sweden distributed treasure, an illustrious lord.
Yet the central figure in this most famous piece of Anglo-Saxon epic poetry belongs not to Jutland, Schleswig or Holstein, as might be expected, but to Sweden: Beowulf was of the Geats, generally considered to be the Gotar from Gotaland in southern Sweden, and the poem is largely to do with the relationships between the Geats, the Scylfings
(Svear, Swedes or Ynglingas) to the north-east, and the Scyldings of Denmark.