Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend

Widsith A Study in Old English Heroic Legend This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a edition by the University Press Cambridge

  • Title: Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend
  • Author: Raymond Wilson Chambers
  • ISBN: 9781425495510
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1912 edition by the University Press, Cambridge.

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    1. This book is a great introduction to not only the language and text of Widsith, but also to its story, and the stories that led to its development. While a lot of additional scholarship has been done in the last century, Chambers' presentation still does a great job of providing a readable, consolidated view of those who studied the poem before him, with plenty of notes, references and other details available for those who want to dive in deeper.My favorite part of the book is the chapters on "S [...]

    2. It will be said that the scholarship in this book is dated in some respects, for example the assumption of an underlying "Ur-story": where we would prefer now to see variation as the norm, here common, unified originals underlying the existing variants are hypothesized. But in other respects, scholarship like Chambers' has yet to be superceded (though with advances in oral and folklore theory, archaeology, history and the like, it perhaps OUGHT to have been, as Chambers himself would have been t [...]

    3. Absolutely WONDERFUL scholarship. I wish I could find modern scholars who make editions like this. Chambers is very interested in the history of the poem, and gives as full an account as he can (from my knowledge, at least). Unfortunately his rather poor opinion of poems like Beowulf creep in, though (for Chambers) it doesn't seem that his thoughts of literary value have a direct effect on how much he enjoys and gets out of the works.

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