Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Beowulf, Fitt 3

Lines 190-260, more or less. I'm very tired, so there may be some errors here.

Nevertheless, I think that a different Beowulf is slowly beginning to emerge. I think.
Swa ða mælceare maga healfdenes singala seað ne mihte snotor hæleð wean onwendan wæs þæt gewin to swyð laþ ond longsum þe on ða leode becom nydwracu niþgrim nihtbealwa mæst þæt fram ham gefrægn higelaces þegn god mid geatum grendles dæda se wæs moncynnes mægenes strengest on þæm dæge þysses lifes æþele ond eacen het him yðlidan godne gegyrwan cwæð he guðcyning ofer swanrade secean wolde mærne þeoden þa him wæs manna þearf ðone siðfæt him snotere ceorlas lythwon logon – þeah he him leof wære hwetton higerofne hæl sceawedon hæfde se goda geata leoda cempan gecorone þara þe he cenoste findan mihte – XVna [Jonnote – this is worth looking into] sum sundwudu sohte secg wisade lagucræftig mon landgemyrcu fyrst forð gewat flota wæs on yðum – bat [Jonnote – a diacritical mark here] under beorge beornas gearwe on stefn stigon streamas wundon sund wið sande secgas bæron on bearm nacan beorhte frætwe guðsearo geatolic guman ut scufon weras on wilsið wudu bundenne – gewat þa ofer wægholm winde gefysed flota famiheals fugle gelicost oðþæt ymb antid oþres dogores wundenstefna gewaden hæfde þæt ða liðende land gesawon brimclifu blican beorgas steape – side sænæssas þa wæs sund liden eoletes æt ende þanon up hraðe wedera leode on wang stigon – sæwudu sældon syrcan hrysedon – guðgewædo gode þancedon þæs þe him yþlade eaðe wurdon – þa of wealle geseah weard scildinga se þe holmclifu healdan scolde beran ofer bolcan beorhte randas fyrdsearu fuslicu hine fyrwyt bræc modgehygdum hwæt þa men wæron.

Gewat him þa to waroðe wicge ridan þegn hroðgares þrymmum cwehte mægenwudu mundum meþelwordum frægn – hwæt syndon ge searohæbbendra byrnum werede þe þus brontne ceol ofer lagustræte lædan cwomon hider ofer holmas her ic hwile wæs endesæta ægwearde heold þe on land dena laðra nænig mid scipherge sceðþan ne meahte no her cuðlicor cuman ongunnon – lindhæbbende ne ge leafnesword guðfremmendra gearwe ne wisson maga gemedu næfre ic maran geseah eorla ofer eorþan ðonne is eower sum secg on searwum nis þæt seldguma wæpnum geweorðad næfne him his wlite leoge ænlic ansyn nu ic eower sceal frumcyn witan ær ge fyr heonan leassceaweras on land dena furþur feran nu ge feorbuend mereliðende minne gehyrað anfealdne geþoht ofost is selest to gecyðanne hwanan eowre cyme syndon.

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