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OLD ENGLISH GUĐRINC IN "BEOWULF", 1118B
Vol. 107, No. 1 (2006), pp. 87-89
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43344176
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The form guôrinc 'warrior' (Beowulf, 1118b) does not make sense in the account of the cremation following the ill-fated battle at Finnsburh. It has been suggested that guôrinc is due to an error in the transmission of an authorial reading gudrec 'battle smoke', which would suit the context well. The so-far not sufficiently emphasized fact that ree 'smoke' is originally limited to the Anglian dialect provides an additional argument in favour of this interpretation: a West-Saxon scribe may erroneously have replaced Anglian ree 'smoke' by the commonly used poetic word rinc 'warrior'.
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