Monday, July 13, 2009

My Beowulf, Fitt 13: Warriors in the Morning

A long, strange fitt. Lots of points, especially in the beginning, and several small caps. This section goes from about line 837 (fol. 148r) to line 924 (150r).
Đa wæs on morgen mine gefræge ymb þa gifhealle guðrinc monig ferdon folctogan feorran ond nean geond widwegas wundor sceawian laþes lastas no his lifgedal sarlic þuhte secga ænegum þara þe tirleases trode sceawode hu he werigmod on weg þanon niða ofercumen on nicera mere fæge ond geflymed feorhlastas bær – ðær wæs on blode brim weallende atol yða geswing eal gemenged – haton heolfre *heorodreore weol deaðfæge deog – siððan dreama leas – in fenfreoðo feorh alegde – hæþene sawle þær him hel onfeng – þanon eft gewiton ealdgesiðas swylce geong manig of gomenwaþe fram mere modge mearum ridan beornas on blancum ðær wæs beowulfes mærðo mæned monig oft gecwæð þætte suð ne norð be sæm tweonum ofer eormengrund oþer nænig under swegles begong selra nære rondhæbbendra rices wyrðra – ne hie huru winedrihten wiht ne logon glædne hroðgar ac þæt wæs god cyning.

Hwilum heaþorofe hleapan leton on geflit faran fealwe mearas ðær him foldwegas fægere þuhton cystum cuðe hwilum cyninges þegn guma gilphlæden gidda gemyndig se ðe ealfela ealdgesegena worn gemunde word oþer fand soðe gebunden secg eft ongan sið beowulfes snyttrum *styrian ond on sped wrecan spel gerade wordum wrixlan welhwylc gecwæð þæt he fram sigemundes secgan hyrde ellendædum uncuþes fela wælsinges gewin wide siðas þara þe gumena bearn gearwe ne wiston – fæhðe ond fyrena buton fitela mid hine þonne he swulces hwæt secgan wolde eam his nefan swa hie a wæron æt niða gehwam nydgesteallan.

Hæfdon ealfela eotena cynnes sweordum gesæged sigemunde gesprong æfter deaðdæge dom unlytel.

Syþðan wiges heard wyrm acwealde hordes hyrde he under harne stan æþelinges bearn ana geneðde frecne dæde ne wæs him fitela mid – hwæþre him gesælde ðæt þæt swurd þurhwod wrætlicne wyrm þæt hit on wealle ætstod dryhtlic iren draca morðre swealt – hæfde aglæca elne gegongen þæt he beahhordes brucan moste selfes dome *sâebat gehleod bær on bearm scipes beorhte frætwa wælses eafera wyrm hât gemealt.

Se wæs wreccena wide mærost ofer werþeode wigendra hleo ellendædum he þæs ær onðah siððan heremodes hild sweðrode eafoð ond ellen he mid eotenum wearð on feonda geweald forð forlacen snude forsended hine sorhwylmas lemede to lange he his leodum wearð eallum æþellingum to aldorceare

Swylce oft bemearn ærran mælum swiðferhþes sið snotor ceorl monig se þe him bealwa to bote gelyfde þæt þæt ðeodnes bearn geþeon scolde fæderæþelum onfôn folc gehealdan hord ond hleoburh hæleþa rice .eðel. scyldinga he þær eallum wearð mæg higelaces manna cynne freondum gefægra hine fyren onwod – hwilum flitende fealwe stræte mearum mæton ða wæs morgenleoht scofen ond scynded *eode scealc monig swiðhicgende to sele þam hean searowundor seon swylce self cyning of brydbure beahhorda weard tryddode tirfæst – getrume micle cystum gecyþed ond his cwen mid him medostigge mæt mægþa hose.
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