The first funeral described is that of the father of the Spear-Danes and their king, Scyld Scefing. After Scyld served his time and passed on, he was given a send-off that he had requested. A band of warriors carried him off to sea, laid his body in a boat, and adorned the vessel with treasures and his battle gear, and the boat committed to the sea. Scyld left behind a son and the next king of the Danes, Beow.
The second funeral described is that of Hnaef, Hilderburh’s brother, and Finn’s brother-in-law. Hnaef is killed during an expedition through Frisian territory. Hilderburh asks that Hnaef’s body and that of her son, a warrior who died during the expeditions, be burned on the same funeral pyre. Finn is the king of the Frisians married to Hilderburh, a Danish princess.
The third funeral described is that of Beowulf. After facing off with the Dragon, Beowulf is mortally injured. Beowulf is given the stipulated send-off fit for a king, and he is placed in a barrow. His funeral pyre is burned, and a mound filled with treasures won from the dragon is constructed. People are allowed to gather around the mound to lament of their king’s death.