When killing the dragon with his dagger, Beowulf dies from a venomous bite on the neck. Wiglaf bows down next to Beowulf in his grief over the loss of his lord. Wiglaf yells at the warriors who cowardly ran from the scene and blame them for Beowulf's death. Wiglaf orders Beowulf's death to be announced to the people.
The Geat's messenger informs the people about Beowulf's death and predicts the end of the Geat's. Without Beowulf's leadership, the Geat's enemies will come to war with the Geats and the peace will be destroyed.
The men go to Earnaness to look over Beowulf's body and to push the dragon over a cliff, into the sea. The men also see the cursed treasure that only the one favored by the "True King of Victories" can have
Beowulf's body is taken to Hronesness, where a pyre is built for him and then lit on fire. A Geatish woman sang how she feared the dreadful days to come.
The Geat's built the mound that Beowulf had asked for which stands high on the cliffs, overlooking the sea. Inside the mound were Beowulf's ashes and treasures he had won.
The Geatish people cried for Beowulf and remembered him as the most gentle and kindest of the lords.