Freya and Wulf: A 9th-Century Love Story of Violence and Redemption

Freya and Wulf: A 9th-Century Love Story of Violence and Redemption

Robert E.Bjork / Feb 22, 2020
Freya and Wulf A th Century Love Story of Violence and Redemption Based entirely on th to late th century Old English poetry this novella weaves together a number of enigmatic lyrics and wisdom poems into a story of an Anglo Saxon woman and her husband and daught
  • Title: Freya and Wulf: A 9th-Century Love Story of Violence and Redemption
  • Author: Robert E.Bjork
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  • Page: 369
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  • Based entirely on 6th to late 9th century Old English poetry, this novella weaves together a number of enigmatic lyrics and wisdom poems into a story of an Anglo Saxon woman and her husband and daughter Exiled on two different islands and trying desperately to reunite, they negotiate the stark realities of violent separation and loss, of love and death, and finally of hoBased entirely on 6th to late 9th century Old English poetry, this novella weaves together a number of enigmatic lyrics and wisdom poems into a story of an Anglo Saxon woman and her husband and daughter Exiled on two different islands and trying desperately to reunite, they negotiate the stark realities of violent separation and loss, of love and death, and finally of hope and resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
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      • Robert E.Bjork

        Robert E Bjork is Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1983 and where he has been Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies ACMRS since 1994 He earned his B.A from Pomona College in 1971, his M.A from UCLA in 1974 and his Ph.D in 1979, also from UCLA He was named Foundation Professor of English in 2009 His primary research areas are Old English poetry, modern Swedish literature, and biomedical writing he has published 18 books and 25 peer reviewed articles His and R D Fulk s and John D Niles s Klaeber s Beowulf the 4th edition of Frederick Klaeber s Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008 He is General Editor of the 4 volume The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, published in June, 2010, and his second volume of facing page translations of Old English poems for Harvard University Press was published in the spring of 2014 He is currently working on a history of Scandinavian scholarship on Anglo Saxon literature He s past President of the International Society of Anglo Saxonists, a recipient of an NEH senior fellowship and a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton , a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association United Kingdom , and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America In addition, he also serves on the editorial boards of Anglo Saxon England Cambridge University Press , Mediaevistik Internationale Zeitschrift f r Interdisziplin re Mittelalterforschung Peter Lang Verlag , and the University of Toronto Press s Toronto Old Norse Icelandic Studies series as well as on the International Advisory Boards of National Sun Yat sen University Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Taiwan, and of the Medieval Centre, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan.


    641 Comments

    1. Having written a paper in Middle English for a college class it was a response from Gawain to the Green Knight , I appreciate the style of this tale The fact that Bjork took Old English poems and modernized them, stitching together the weft and weave of them into a single narrative, was fascinating To be clear if you re a fan of modern fantasy, with all of the trappings of modern fantasy, you may find this tale too matter of fact, too bare bones But if you are a fan of how tales were once told, [...]


    2. Kudos to the immense research that went into this from a college prof clearly in the rarefied air of the likes of Prof Tolkien s Anglo Saxon poetry studies Surprisingly, the novella is even written in present tense screenplay mode whereas I thought I was alone in that with my somewhat similar novella combining analogous poetry, myth and legend, but aimed a bit at the Celtic rather than Germanic Artistically though, I m torn between, first, recommending the author for future story consultant wor [...]


    3. Robert Bjork introduces his novella, Freya and Wulf A 9th Century Love Story of Violence and Redemption, with a circa early 9th Century lyric called Wulf and Eadwacer A scholar of Bjork s measure read his bio, it s amazing can likely read and understand it in the Old English, though modern English translation leaves its original meanings open to interpretation.The lyric sets up a cold and beautiful longing, with images of a desolate, dangerous forest and a tribal way of life Bjork s story fills [...]


    4. 3.5 5 Fascinating collection of Anglo Saxon poetry stitched together by Dr Bjork into a short novella The story concerns a husband and wife from two different neighboring tribes and their teenage daughter Freya, the wife, is called Peaceweaver , since this marriage is to solidify a political alliance between the two tribes The couple are deeply in love Having been separated on two different islands, they try to rejoin each other in spite of hatred between the two tribes, due to murder of warrior [...]


    5. Classical story full of separation and perseverance, a good read for those that are able to follow the story through its twists and turns.I received a copy through Good Reads First Reads


    6. A wonderfully tragic tale of love and loss I was in awe throughout the story and could not put the book down I would definitely recommend.


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