Crist de Cynewulf
Éarendel, engla beorhtast,
Hail Éarendel, brightest of angels, above the middle-earth sent unto men, and true radiance of the sun, bright above the stars - thou of thy very self illuminest for every season!
Cynewulf is the name of an Anglo-Saxon poet of the 8th century. Four narrative poems of Christian inspiration are attributed to him with certainly, for he "signed" them with runes interspersed in the text, that put together form his name. Among these poems, Crist had a special importance for Tolkien since a few of its lines were the starting point of the legend of Eärendil. We reproduce them here with a translation interpolated from glosses of J. R. R. and Christopher Tolkien in Sauron defeated pp. 236, 285. Concerning the relationship between these verses and the legend of Eärendil, read the letter n° 297 in Humphrey Carpenter's edition.
Irvine, Martin, Everhart, Deborah. The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Hosted by: Georgetown University, Washington (D.C.). URL: http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/
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