The Wanderer (lines 85 to 110)
swá þisne eardgeard ælda scyppend
Creator of men thus laid waste this earth
Preserved in the Exeter Book, an important collection of Anglo-Saxon poetry from the 10th century, The Wanderer is an elegy featuring an old retainer who laments the loss of his lord, and contrasts the splendour of the past with the misery of his present days. The fragment we reproduce here inspired Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings for the Lament of the Rohirrim chanted by Aragorn as he rides to Meduseld with Legolas, Gimli and Gandalf ("Where now the horse and the rider ? Where is the horn that was blowing?").
The text can be found online at the following address: http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/library/oe/texts/a3.6.html. We added acute accents on long vowels and diphthongs. The modern English translation is by Elaine Treharne.
Irvine, Martin, Everhart, Deborah. The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. Hosted by: Georgetown University, Washington (D.C.). URL: http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/
Old and Middle English Poetry. Edited by Duncan Wu. Oxford; Malden (Mass.): Blackwell, 2002. 174 p. (Blackwell Essential Literature). Based on Old and Middle English: an anthology, edited by Elaine Treharne. ISBN 0-631-23073-4
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