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Beowulf - A Dual Language Edition
Beowulf - A Dual Language Edition
by Howell D Chickering
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I had been hoping to find for some time., 23 Dec. 2013
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This book contains the entire poem in both Old English and in Modern English on opposing pages; very useful. The Old English has been annotated with vowel length markers and some morphological distinctions, which is great if you want to, for example, recite it. There are also footnote annotations on emendations and different manuscript interpretations. There is a comprehensive introduction, as well as a discussion on each part of the poem after the main text. In short, this book is sure to prove useful to student and teacher alike, and the main translated text reads pleasantly enough to appeal to a more casual reader, too.


A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs (Middle Ages)
A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs (Middle Ages)
by Craig Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartily Recommended Reading, 1 Sept. 2013
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Without pretending to have all the answers this book attempts to dive into the interlacing mind-mazes of Old English riddles and way of thinking. The author's translations are of high quality and he refrains from too much modifications to make the riddles sound nicer in modern English. Each riddle is accompanied by a commentary at the back of the book, discussing possible, suggested, and popular solutions, as well as going into more detail on the way the riddle builds the image of whatever the solution is in the reader's mind; the quill comes alive as the bird's feather laments it's drudgery and at the same time celebrates its use as a tool of spreading wisdom, for example.

Personally, I think the book would have greatly benefited from having the Old English verses in it as well, for comparison as well as for pure enjoyment of their own; these pieces, like other Old English verse, were designed to be oral, and modern English translations (as good as they may be) necessarly lack the things which make them so pleasant to listen to.


The Children of Húrin
The Children of Húrin
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Children of Húrin (Paperback)
For those who read the Silmarillion and enjoyed the concise tale about Túrin's life in it: read this book. In my opinion it reads much more pleasantly as a story (and not so much as a history/myth as does the Silmarillion), and because of its length has the possibility to be more descriptive and detailed, as a result of which it really gives you a more vivid picture of what life was like in Beleriand. Some of the characters in this book have become more lifelike and dearer to me than those in The Lord of the Rings, which is saying a lot!


The Mead Hall: Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England
The Mead Hall: Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England
by Stephen Pollington
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quaranteed Pollington, 1 Sept. 2013
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Like other books which I have read by Pollington, this is highly accessible, many-sided (yet not rambling but well-compiled), very well-researched, and not taking too many liberties in interpreting it's archeological and literary sources. Very much recommended reading for anyone interested in Anglo-Saxon life.


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