1. Who is Shield? What type of leader is he? What was unusual about the way he came to be a ruler?
2. Lines 26-52 describe Shield's funeral. What were the funeral customs of this time? What do these customs reveal about the Danes and the respect they had for authority?
3. Who is Hrothgar? What is his relationship to Shield? Why does he build the Great Hall? What does Hrothgar name the Great Hall?