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Anglo-Saxon stories

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:53 pm
by FionaDowson
Can anyone point me in the right direction of some stories suitable for a scop?

Re: Anglo-Saxon stories

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:08 am
by Neil of Ormsheim
Apart from the obvious ones like Beowulf, the Wanderer, Finnsborough Fight and Brunnaborough fragments - look at genealogies for your lord and master as well as for the appropriate Kings for the time. Riddles were also popular.

A couple of books you may want to check out include -'English Heroic Legends' Kathleen Herbert (published by Anglo-Saxon Books ISBN 1-898282-25-4) and 'Lastworda Betst'-essays in memory of Christine E Fell edited by Carole Hough & Kathryn Lowe (published by Shaun Tyas ISBN 1-900289-53-9)

Another thing to try is to watch a combat and then come up with verse to describe - as heroically as possible - the fight just witnessed. Lots of simile and metaphor and tons of alliteration. It's not easy but can bequite good fun; especially if you can get to scops competing against each other for the heroes favor.

Re: Anglo-Saxon stories

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:35 am
by Wayland
The story of Wayland (Voluld) is Germanic and was obviously well known in the period because it is cross referenced in stories like Beowulf.

The only surviving version, the song of Volund (Völundarkviða) is from an Icelandic source but translates readily into an AS context.

Re: Anglo-Saxon stories

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:03 pm
by FionaDowson
Anglo Saxon Lays and Legends by Christopher Webster is available as a free kindle download from Amazon