Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Homecoming

As we discussed in class yesterday, Tolkien's modern text "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth" and the anonymous Old English text "The Battle of Maldon" exhibit values such as loyalty, honor, and good judgment. While we did not get around to discussing the values of devotion and protectiveness, I would suggest these are also present in both texts. What distinctions can be made between the ways the ways these texts present loyalty, honor, good judgment, devotion or protectiveness? What other values are promoted in either text and why?

1 comment:

Diamond Took said...

It struck me that Tolkien has a lot of values in common with the medieval poet. I think the main difference was that Tolkien provided a qualification of the medieval text while the text itself was uncompromising. We talked in class about the fact that this showed a side of Tolkien we don't usually see; however, it didn't seem completely devoice of his usual sympathy toward medieval values. Like I said, the difference is that it also shows another side.