[Milton-L] Hopefully not an ignoble request

Jameela Lares jameela.lares at usm.edu
Fri Nov 13 16:46:34 EST 2015

Heaney actually goes with a dynamic equivalent, something like "They disgraced themselves" over the two lines.  Sorry-I looked it up but then left the book at School.


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C. L. Wrenn in his 1953 edition of Beowulf (London:  Harrap, 1953), glosses domleas as "without glory," so it would seem that "inglorious" would fit nicely.  I don't have my other editions handy (Klaeber, for instance), nor the old prose translation revised by Tolkien, or the Heaney translation....

Carter Revard

On 11/13/15, Matthew Jordan <matthewjorda at gmail.com<mailto:matthewjorda at gmail.com>> wrote:
Mute and inglorious?

On 13 November 2015 at 17:48, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com<mailto:dario.rivarossa at gmail.com%20%3cdario.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

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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