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Shivering in Tolkien’s shadow

There’s a drawing of a smug-faced dragon on the front cover of JRR Tolkien’s newly-published translation of “Beowulf.” Its green, scaly body loops and knots into a pretzel-esque shape that medieval historians call the “interlace” pattern. You might recognise these loops from Swedish runestones, crumbling Anglo-Saxon crosses or bad tattoos.

read more Shivering in Tolkien’s shadow | Prospect Magazine.

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This entry was posted on August 12, 2014 by in Archaeology, Books.

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