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A Store of Common SenseGnomic Theme and Wisdom in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry$
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Carolyne Larrington

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198119821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119821.001.0001

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Gnomes in Narrative Verse: Old English and Old Norse

Gnomes in Narrative Verse: Old English and Old Norse

(p.200) 7 Gnomes in Narrative Verse: Old English and Old Norse
A Store of Common Sense

Carolyne Larrington

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines gnomes in Old English and Old Norse narrative verse. It analyses Beowulf, Andreas, and Gudlac to determine the type of gnomes used and the various functions they perform in a narrative verse. The findings reveal that gnomes were used to express themes of courage, kingship, and loyalty and that they may be spoken by characters or the narrators within the poem.

Keywords:   gnomes, narrative verse, Old English, Old Norse, Beowulf, Andreas, Gudlac

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