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Scyld, or Scyld of Scefing, is introduced in the "Prelude of the Founder of the Danish House." According to the prelude, Scyld was the first Danish king. Early in life, he was friendless, yet, as a fearsome warrior, he found great wealth and power later in life. Many tribes respected him as a leader and a king. 

He had a son named Beow. As asked by his father, Beow insured that Scyld was given a proper burial when death took him. He was laid to rest in a ship laden with the most bountiful collection of treasures, weapons, and armor. Scyld was an amazing king who looked after his people well. 

Beow then had four children (as told of in chapter one): Heorogar, Hrothgar, Halga the good, and Elan. Therefore, Scyld was also Hrothgar's grandfather. 

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