Scania consists of the southern tip of Sweden, Eastern Denmark, and the island of Bornholm. It is so called after an ancient Roman name for a mythical northern island.
In Grendel the term appears in relation to Unferth's wide renown "in these Scanian lands." (97)
This geographical reference reminds readers that although Beowulf was composed and sung in Anglo-Saxon England, its events occur elsewhere, in Scania.