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The Wanderer and The Ruin: Two Old English Elegies from the Exeter Book

The Exeter Book

I stumbled across this document, Two Old English Elegies from the Exeter Book: The Wanderer and The Ruin (PDF) when hunting for a public-domain English translation of another Old English poem, Vainglory. The author of the linked document has also translated this, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it made the cut for any of his courses published online.

For reference, there is a translation of the poem, it’s just not the one I was looking for. R.M.Liuzza’s Beowulf: a new verse translation (2000) has a pretty mammoth series of appendices including a translation of Vainglory on page 209-211.