The young Wiglaf, son of Weohstan, though yet untried in battle, cannot, even in obedience to his lord's prohibition, refrain from going to his help. With Wiglaf's aid, Beowulf slays the dragon, but not before he has received his own death-wound.
Wiglaf enters the barrow, and returns to show the dying king the treasures that he has found there.
With his last breath Beowulf names Wiglaf his successor, and ordains that his ashes shall be enshrined in a great mound, placed on a lofty cliff, so that it may be a mark for sailors far out at sea.
Wiglaf, who succeeded him, was expelled two years later by Ecgberht, but regained the throne in the following year.
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