Beowulf: The Critical Heritage (Critical Heritage Series) by Andreas Haarder, T A Shippey, T. A. Shippey

By Andreas Haarder, T A Shippey, T. A. Shippey

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Müller, with Thorkelin himself in support, see items 7, 8, 9. e. g. Cooley 1940 and 1949, Malone 1941, and the survey of earlier Danish translations in Haarder 1984. The matter was not so clear in 1815. Müller was already a major scholar in the area of Northern literature. He had published on the Asa-faith, on the Icelandic language, on Snorri, and was to edit Saxo Grammaticus (see his entry in DBL); he was Professor of Theology at Copenhagen and would 16 INTRODUCTION become bishop of Sjælland.

E. g. Cooley 1940 and 1949, Malone 1941, and the survey of earlier Danish translations in Haarder 1984. The matter was not so clear in 1815. Müller was already a major scholar in the area of Northern literature. He had published on the Asa-faith, on the Icelandic language, on Snorri, and was to edit Saxo Grammaticus (see his entry in DBL); he was Professor of Theology at Copenhagen and would 16 INTRODUCTION become bishop of Sjælland. Though he was a friend and supporter of Thorkelin, he was well able to disagree with and correct him.

They then come to quite different conclusions about the poem’s date of origin, thus starting a debate still undetermined, and still tending to hover over the same points. Gumælius opts tentatively for the ‘Alfredian-rewrite’ solution, based on the contrast he sees between the poem’s thoroughgoing and permeating Christianity and its pagan and non-English origins: the former half of the contrast was to be largely ignored for almost a century, the latter increasingly promoted. Bouterwek clearly and immediately distinguishes the date of the manuscript from the date of composi tion, and both from the age of the material, and is struck again by the contrast between the Christian references and the Scandinavian setting.

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