The son of Weohstan the Scylfing, and a relative of Beowulf, as well as his most loyal warrior. In the battle against the dragon, he proves to be the only Geatish warrior with courage even moderately equivalent to Beowulf's. In a way, his valor only serves to underscore just how weak in general and dependent on Beowulf the other Geats have become. Wiglaf rules the Geats after Beowulf dies from wounds suffered in the battle against the dragon, but the narrator makes it clear that Wiglaf cannot match Beowulf as a king and that the Geats will face hard times.
The timeline below shows where the character Wiglaf appears in Beowulf. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Facing the Dragon (Lines 2324–2710)
Beowulf and Wiglaf (Lines 2711–2845)
Wiglaf Speaks (Lines 2846–3109)