Beowulf Through History

Events

Earliest known seaxes created

400 - 500

Best Guess as to when Beowulf is set

500 - 650

Death of King Hygelac

520

Hygelac was a character whose identity can be corroborated in history

Building of the Great House of Lyla

524 AD

This event is mentioned in Beowulf, and can be dated to Denmark in 524

Creation of the Staffordshire Hoard

600 - 800

Best Guess as to when Beowulf was written

700 - 900

Existing Beowulf Manuscript Created

995 - 1005

First known owner of the Beowulf manuscript

1570

Beowulf becomes part of the cultural lexicon

1815

Project Dragonslayer

1997 - 2016

Discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard

June 5 2009 - June 10 2009