[Milton-L] Hopefully not an ignoble request

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 11:48:25 EST 2015


Dear scholars

sorry if the message does not refer to Milton, but this is surely the
proper place to find experts in English literature.
While rereading "Beowulf," I have just been struck by a word used in
line 2890 by Wiglaf when he shames the would-be 'bodyguard' of Beowulf
and points at their "dom-leasan daed." How should the adjective be
interpreted?

1. As "nameless," i.e. so shameful that there exists no word to define it?
2. Or more simply, "not glorious" at all for them?
3. Or maybe both?

The excellent Italian version by Ludovica Koch renders it as _infame,_
i.e. literally the opposite of "famous," therefore vile, ignoble,
etc., that seems to suggest solution no. 3.
With many thanks in advance.

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