The Old English epic of Waldere

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Cambridge Scholars Pub., Jun 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 142 pages
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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 ├' lfhere, 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 Gu­here 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.

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The Epic Fragments
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