Issue Editors: Larry Swain & Linda Malcor | May 2008
Themed Articles—Early Medieval Folklore
C. Scott Littleton, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA & Linda A. Malcor, Independent Researcher, Lake Forest, CA
Abstract: In this paper we consider whether the Norse story of the "Sword in the Branstock" and the Arthurian tale of the "Sword in the Stone" may represent two variants of a tale about a celestial event that occurred 2160 B.C.E.
Frank D. Reno, Independent Scholar, Boulder, CO
Abstract: Littleton and Malcor trace the name Arthur to the second-century Roman Lucius Artorius Castus. There is no King Arthur in fifth-century Britain. This paper is a quest to discover a great fifth-century Briton who can be identified as an "Arthur."
Linda A. Malcor, Independent Researcher, Lake Forest, CA
Abstract: This paper examines the Icelandic saga of Hrolf Kraki, compares it to the Greek stories of Theseus and Kallisto, and argues that both traditions of the Sword in the Stone stemmed from a celestial event that occurred in 2160 B.C.E.
Theseus as an Indo-European Sword Hero, with an Excursus on Some Parallels between the Athenian Monster-Slayer and Beowulf
C. Scott Littleton, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract: This paper compares Theseus and Beowulf. Both heroes come from afar, enter dangerous, underground realms, and slay ravenous monsters with magical swords. It is suggested that the two figures have a common origin and are part of the Indo-European sword-hero complex.
Two Recently-Discovered Passages of the Pseudo-Basil's De admonitio ad filium spiritualem in Smaragdus' Expositio in regulam Benedicti and the Epistolae of Alcuin
James LePree, City College of New York
Abstract: The pseudo-Basil's fifth century De admonitio ad filium spiritualem played an important role in providing models of spirituality for ninth-century Carolingian authors. Yet the presence of passages from the Admonitio in the Epistolae of Alcuin of York and Abbot Smaragdus of St. Mihiel's Expositio in regulam s. Benedicti have gone virtually undetected. This will be the primary focus of the paper.
- Anglo-Saxon Studies: State of the Field? by Michael D. C. Drout, Wheaton College
- Response to three papers on "Philology: Whence and Whither?" given by Drs Utz, Macgillivray, and Zolkowski, at Kalamazoo, 4th May 2002 by Tom Shippey, Saint Louis University
- Valuing Anglo-Saxon Studies by Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University
- Goodbye to All That: The State of My Own Personal Field of Schizoid Anglo-Saxon Studies by Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Aaron J. Kleist, Biola University
Martin K. Foys, Hood College
Daniel Paul O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge
Michel Aaij, Auburn University Montgmory
Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Daniel M. Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University
Hasenfratz, Robert and Thomas Jambeck, Reading Old English: A Primer and First Reader. Reviewed by Bruce Gilchrist.
O'Neill, Patrick, King Alfred's Old English Prose Translation of the 'First Fifty Psalms'. Reviewed by Bruce Gilchrist.
Tyler, Elizabeth, Old English Poetics: The Aesthetics of the Familiar in Anglo-Saxon England. Reviewed by Shannon Godlove.
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