1. Wulf and Eadwacer – Reading
Original text of this fascinating poem with glossary
2. Wulf and Eadwacer – Translation
My translation of the poem.
3. Extracting A Consistent Narrative Structure From The Poem Wulf And Eadwacer Using Close Reading
Analysis of the poems’s confusing narrative structure.
4. Runology’s Epic Fail – The Gandersheim Rune-Casket
Poor readings of rune text impede interdisciplinary effort.
5. A Runic Cryptic Crossword: Correct Solution after 1000 years?
Cracking the rune puzzle in The Husband’s Message
6. Raging Wolf (+ Glossary & Translation)
The magnificent Weallende Wulf passage from Solomon and Saturn, with an important lexical discussion.
7. Solomon & Saturn – hidden word games in the Paternoster
Some amusing monastic tricks with runes
8. Maxims I – a bardic reading
Why is Maxims I such a mess? Maybe it was extemporised – by two people!
9. Metrical Suggestion For Reading Maxims I A
An attempt to bring the metrical jungle in this poem into some sort of order.
10. Cur Scriptor Hoc Librum Theodisce Legerit
Why you might like to read Otfrid’s Evangelienbuch in the original.
11. The Husband’s Message – Back Afloat
Complete original text patched with selection of the best reconstructions of the missing words. With glossary.
12. Solomon and Saturn – Boiling Blood
We find out whose blood is boiling in Solomon and Saturn I.
13. Etymology 101 meets Maxims I
We reinvestigate the case of the curious word ‘rogian’ and suggest an improved reading for one of the gnomes.
14. The Wife’s Lament – Love Gone Wrong
Close reading of a passage restores the original MS reading and suggests another emendation.
15. Ingeld and Starkad
Full text of the classic Oliver Elton translation of the story from Saxo Grammaticus Book 6.
16. The Hidden Ingeld – Pt I
Why The Wife’s Lament, The Husband’s Message and the first part of The Seafarer could all be drawn from the legend of Ingeld and Freawaru.
17. The Hidden Ingeld – Pt II
Detailed reading shows how the Ingeld proposal works.
18. Riddle 60 – The Medium Is The Message
We have a crack at this Exeter Book riddle which some think is part of The Husband’s Message.
19. Muspilli and The Wanderer – Where Have All The Horses Gone?
Note regarding parallel passages in an Old English and an Old High German poem.
20. Weapons For Wordsmiths
Discussion of the metallurgical word wæpenþræce in The Gifts Of Men.
21. Deciphering the Gandersheim Rune-Casket
We crack the mysterious inscription which has baffled runologists!
22. The real story of the Gandersheim Rune-Casket
While academics dither, we tell you why the casket is in fact a reliquary.
23. The Politics of Solomon and Saturn II
A look at some of the ideas and characters in this wisdom poem.
24. Raging Wolf – Can We ID the Body?
A suggested emendation to finally give a name of the dragon-slayer.
25. Saturn’s Old Age – Reading the Riddle Right
Another beautiful excerpt from the mysterious wisdom poem Solomon and Saturn II, with a translation and suggested rereadings of some difficult lines.
26. The Lost Fire Riddle In Solomon and Saturn II
In which we shed light on and savour a lost morsel of medieval wisdom.
27. Solomon and Saturn I – a translation
Based on careful reading and with a little explanation, my translation of this poem about knowledge and fighting the devil with prayer makes sense of a hitherto mysterious work.
28. Anglo-Saxon Druid Wannabe’s – the Case of the Irish Runic Charm
We try on some cool bling and track down some serious sorcery.
29. The Anglo-Saxons and the Germans – the view from Rome.
Italian Francesco Delbono claimed the Anglo-Saxons invented the word ‘deutsch’ – but does it stack up?
30. Review: Tolkien’s Beowulf
The master’s 1926 translation is finally published.
31. Review: ‘Neorxnawang: Aelfric’s Flawed Anglo-Saxon Paradise’, by Sandra M. Hordis
In which we defend the honour of Aelfric from a misguided attack and perhaps discover the meaning of paradise along the way.
32. Medieval Billy Connelly: Christ’s Kirk on the Green
A marvellous mediaeval Scottish romp, complete with glossary and short etymological note.
33. Book Review: The Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms by Leonard Dutton
A unique look at the political history of the early Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy.
34. An Early Frankish Runic Text Translated
We translate the famous Bergakker Inscription so you can put it on your scabbards.
35. Dwarf Fever – An Anglo-Saxon Medical Spell Translated
A mysterious spell to drive dwarves away and cure a fever. Just what you need after a big night.
36. Magic Words – An Etymological Archeology of Anglo-Saxon Magic
A look behind the words denoting sorcery and witchery gives us a glimpse of the Anglo-Saxon pagan priesthood.
37. Horsing Around – Thorny Problem of Franks Casket Reveals Another Riddle
A new reading of the text of the mysterious right panel sheds new light on mysterious scene.
38. Strange Exploits – In search of Wade’s boat.
We go on a long mythological journey to track down the meaning of a mysterious Chaucerian allusion.
39. A jilted Anglian bride on the warpath – a neglected episode from Procopius.
We catch up with the lost tribe of the Warni as they are on the receiving end from a jilted East Anglian bride.
40. Swamp Demons – Guthlac of Crowland
– read the ripping boys own story of a warrior saint’s trip to hell in parallel Old English prose and verse versions, with glossaries and translations.
41. Wrætlic: Remarkable Architecture in a Poetic Ruin
– close reading demonstrates the remarkable sophistication of the Old English poem The Ruin.
42. To Hell and Back – A Harrowing Tale
– we get religion and read a sophisticated piece on damnation, sin and redemption.
43. Theoderic Lives! – Chasing the Goths from Sweden to Italy, via an Anglo-Saxon Poem – We take a trip to Sweden, Greece and Italy to find out just who the hell these damn Maerings were.
44. Brewing Up A Storm – An Appreciation of Exeter Book Riddles 1-3 – We discover a deep early mediaeval philosophy behind an Old English riddle poem
45. Dreams of the Wolf – Swanhild’s Story – We unearth the story and the meaning of the glorious but mysterious poem from the Exeter Book
46. One Whale To Rule Them All – We dive into the meaning of The Whale and find the place where it all started for JRR Tolkien