North, R (2013) 'OE "wopes hring" and the Old Norse myth of Baldr'. In: Reynolds, A and Webster, L and Wilson, DM, (eds.) Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World: Studies in Honour of James Graham-Campbell. Brepols, Turnhout
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This article is a chapter in a Festschrift which will be published in early 2013 in honour of James Graham-Campbell, retired professor of Archaeology in UCL. The article seeks to recover the meaning of the Old English phrase 'wopes hring' ('ring of weeping'), which occurs four times in the surviving OE poetic corpus and which has defied all attempts so far to explain it. This textual crux is here explained as a proverbial reminiscence of the ring which the Norse god Baldr, now in the underworld, sends back to the surface in order to procure his release.
|Title:||'OE "wopes hring" and the Old Norse myth of Baldr'|
|Keywords:||Old English poetry, Old Icelandic mythology, early Medieval archaeology, early Medieval art|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > English Language and Literature|
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