[Milton-L] Hopefully not an ignoble request

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 12:03:04 EST 2015


Mute and inglorious?

On 13 November 2015 at 17:48, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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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