Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009.
Book — 1 online resource (xv, 142 pages) : illustrations
The epic fragments of Waldere yield some of the earliest lore concerning migration-period heroes such as Attila the Hun, Theodoric the Ostrogoth, Walter son of Aelfhere, and Gunther and Hagen of the Nibelungs, while at the same time expressing political concerns that the Viking-age poet shared with his audience. Imagery and themes such as armaments and the worthiness of warriors to bear them point to the climax of Walter's victory over Gudhere in single combat, a duel presenting an ethical dilemma for Hagen as indicated in both of the extant leaves. This critical edition resolves some long-standing textual cruces while also providing background on Old English heroism, weapons, and versification. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
In this restructured and greatly expanded version of Burton Raffel's out-of-print classic, "Poems from the Old English", Raffel and co-editor Alexandra H. Olsen place the oldest English writings in a different perspective. Keeping the classroom teacher's needs foremost in mind, Raffel and Olsen organize the major old English poems (except "Beowulf") and new prose selections so as to facilitate both reading and studying. A general introduction provides an up-to-date and detailed historical account of the Anglo-Saxon period, and concise introductions open the literature sections of the book and many of the translations. Raffel's translations of Old English poetry reproduce much of the flavour as well as the sense of the originals. With more than 1800 translated lines and many revised older translations, the poems in this volume are organized into four genres - elegies, heroic poems, religious poems and wisdom poetry. Raffel's translations include more than 20 poem-riddles, with proposed solutions in a separate section. Prose translations - grouped in historical, testamentary and legal, religious, social and instructional, and medical and magical categories - feature writings by King Alfred, Aelfric and Wulfstan, among others. (source: Nielsen Book Data)