dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #789

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Sun Feb 8 17:49:08 EST 2004


> After a quick and unscientific skim through my collection (of two) books
> Anglos-Saxon poetry, I came up with "Deor", which is basically a list of
> disasters with a repeated refrain. (I know, repetition is what refrains
> for.<g>) It may be what you are after:
> Þæs ofereode,    þisses swa mæg.
> The book translates this as "That passed away, and so may this from me.",
> though I can't say I can see "from me" anywhere in the above. It's
> twenty-five years plus since I did any A/S seriously, but my translation
> would be more like : That passed over/away and this also may."
> OTOH, I found a different version online, with the A/S:
>  Þæs oferéode,     ðisses swá mæg.                              That
> away,      so may this.
>      http://www.heorot.dk/deor.html

That's it!! Thanks so much, Gill - were I a beag-gieafa you should certainly
have one. As it is, I drink to you deeply from the mead horn. (I see I
misremembered the bit about the battle, mind.)


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