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2017-04-20 Thu

#2915. Beowulf の冒頭52行 [beowulf][link][oe][literature][popular_passage][oe_text]

 「#2893. Beowulf の冒頭11行」 ([2017-03-29-1]) で挙げた11行では物足りなく思われたので,有名な舟棺葬 (ship burial) の記述も含めた Beowulf 冒頭の52行を引用したい.舟棺葬とは,6--11世紀にスカンディナヴィアとアングロサクソンの文化で見られた高位者の葬法である.
 原文は Jack 版で.現代英語訳は Norton Anthology に収録されているアイルランドのノーベル文学賞受賞詩人 Seamus Heaney の版でお届けする.

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Hwæt, wē Gār-Denain geārdagum,So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
þēodcyningaþrym gefrūnon,and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
hū ðā æþelingasellen fremedon.We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns.
   Oft Scyld Scēfingsceaþena þrēatum,   There was Shield Sheafson, scourge of many tribes,
5monegum mǣgþummeodosetla oftēah,a wrecker of mead-benches, rampaging among foes.
egsode eorl[as],syððan ǣrest wearðThis terror of the hall-troops had come far.
fēasceaft funden;hē þæs frōfre gebād,A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on
wēox under wolcnum,weorðmyndum þāh,as his powers waxed and his worth was proved.
oðþæt him ǣghwylc þ[ǣr]ymbsittendraIn the end each clan on the outlying coasts
10ofer hronrādehȳran scolde,beyond the whale-road had to yield to him
gomban gyldan.Þæt wæs gōd cyning!and begin to pay tribute. That was one good king.
Ðǣm eafera wæsæfter cenned   Afterward a boy-child was born to Shield,
geong in geardum,þone God sendea cub in the yard, a comfort sent
folce tō frōfre;fyrenðearfe ongeatby God to that nation. Hew knew what they had tholed,
15þ[e] hīe ǣr drugonaldor[lē]asethe long times and troubles they'd come through
lange hwīle.Him þæs Līffrēa,without a leader; so the Lord of Life,
wuldres Wealdendworoldāre forgeaf;the glorious Almighty, made this man renowned.
Bēowulf wæs brēme---blǣd wīde sprang---Shield had fathered a famous son:
Scyldes eaferaScedelandum in.Beow's name was known through the north.
20Swā sceal [geong g]umagōde gewyrcean,And a young prince must be prudent like that,
fromum feohgiftumon fæder [bea]rme,giving freely while his father lives
þæt hine on yldeeft gewunigenso that afterward in age when fighting starts
wilgesīþasþonne wīg cume,steadfast companions will stand by him
lēode gelǣsten;lofdǣdum scealand hold the line. Behavior that's admired
25in mǣgþa gehwǣreman geþēon.is the path to power among people everywhere.
   Him ðā Scyld gewāttō gescæphwīle,   Shield was still thriving when his time came
felahrōr fēranon Frēan wǣre.and he crossed over into the Lord's keeping.
Hī hyne þā ætbǣrontō brimes faroðe,His warrior band did what he bade them
swǣse gesīþas,swā hē selfa bæd,when he laid down the law among the Danes:
30þenden wordum wēoldwine Scyldinga;they shouldered him out to the sea's flood,
lēof landfrumalange āhte.the chief they revered who had long ruled them.
Þǣr æt hȳðe stōdhringedstefnaA ring-whorled prow rode in the harbor,
īsig ond ūtfūs,æþelinges fær;ice-clad, outbound, a craft for a prince.
ālēdon þālēofne þēoden,They stretched their beloved lord in his boat,
35bēaga bryttanon bearm scipes,laid out by the mast, amidships,
mǣrne be mæste.Þǣr wæs mādma felathe great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures
of feorwegum,frætwa gelǣded;were piled upon him, and precious gear.
ne hȳrde ic cȳmlīcorcēol gegyrwanI never heard before of a ship so well furbished
hildewǣpnumond heaðowǣdum,with battle-tackle, bladed weapons
40billum ond byrnum;him on bearme lægand coats of mail. The massed treasure
mādma mænigo,þā him mid scoldonwas loaded on top of him: it would travel far
on flōdes ǣhtfeor gewītan.on out into the ocean's sway.
Nalæs hī hine lǣssanlācum tēodan,They decked his body no less bountifully
þēodgestrēonum,þon þā dydonwith offerings than those first ones did
45þe hine æt frumsceafteforð onsendonwho cast him away when he was a child
ǣnne ofer ȳðeumborwesende.and launched him alone out over the waves.
Þā gȳt hie him āsettonsegen g[yl]denneAnd they set a gold standard up
hēah ofer hēafod,lēton holm beran,high above his head and let him drift
gēafon on gārsecg.Him wæs geōmor sefa,to wind and tide, bewailing him
50murnende mōd.Men ne cunnonand mourning their loss. No man can tell,
secgan tō sōðe,selerǣden[d]e,no wise man in hall or weathered veteran
hæleð under heofenum,hwā þǣm hlæste onfēng.knows for certain who salvaged that load.


 ・ Jack, George, ed. Beowulf: A Student Edition. Oxford: Clarendon, 1994.
 ・ Greenblatt, Stephen, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York:: Norton, 2006.

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2017-03-29 Wed

#2893. Beowulf の冒頭11行 [beowulf][link][oe][literature][popular_passage][oe_text][hel_education]

 Beowulf は,古英語で書かれた最も長い叙事詩(3182行)であり,アングロサクソン時代から現存する最も重要な文学作品である.スカンディナヴィアの英雄 Beowulf はデンマークで怪物 Grendel を殺し,続けてその母をも殺した.Beowulf は後にスウェーデン南部で Geat 族の王となるが,年老いてから竜と戦い,戦死する.
 この叙事詩は,古英語で scop と呼ばれた宮廷吟遊詩人により,ハープの演奏とともに吟じられたとされる.現存する唯一の写本(1731年の火事で損傷している)は1000年頃のものであり,2人の写字生の手になる.作者は不詳であり,いつ制作されたかについても確かなことは分かっていない.8世紀に成立したという説もあれば,11世紀という説もある.
 冒頭の11行を Crystal (18) より,現代英語の対訳付きで以下に再現しよう.

1HǷÆT ǷE GARDEna in ȝeardaȝum .Lo! we spear-Danes in days of old
2þeodcyninȝa þrym ȝefrunonheard the glory of the tribal kings,
3hu ða æþelinȝas ellen fremedon .how the princes did courageous deeds.
4oft scyld scefing sceaþena þreatumOften Scyld Scefing from bands of enemies
5monegū mæȝþum meodo setla ofteahfrom many tribes took away mead-benches,
6eȝsode eorl[as] syððan ærest ƿearðterrified earl[s], since first he was
7feasceaft funden he þæs frofre ȝebadfound destitute. He met with comfort for that,
8ƿeox under ƿolcum, ƿeorðmyndum þah,grew under the heavens, throve in honours
9oðþ[æt] him æȝhƿylc þara ymbsittendrauntil each of the neighbours to him
10ofer hronrade hyran scoldeover the whale-road had to obey him,
11ȝomban ȝyldan þ[æt] ƿæs ȝod cyninȝ.pay him tribute. That was a good king!


 冒頭部分を含む写本画像 (Cotton MS Vitellius A XV, fol. 132r) は,こちらから閲覧できる.その他,以下のサイトも参照.

 ・ Cotton MS Vitellius A XV, Augustine of Hippo, Soliloquia; Marvels of the East; Beowulf; Judith, etc.: 写本画像を閲覧可能.
 ・ Beowulf: BL による物語と写本の解説.
 ・ Beowulf Readings: 古英語原文と「読み上げ」へのアクセスあり.
 ・ Beowulf Translation: 現代英語訳.
 ・ Diacritically-Marked Text of Beowulf facing a New Translation (with explanatory notes): 古英語原文と現代英語の対訳のパラレルテキスト.

 ・ Crystal, David. Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices. London: The British Library, 2010.

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2016-08-25 Thu

#2677. Beowulf にみられる「王」を表わす数々の類義語 [synonym][oe][lexicology][compounding][kenning][beowulf][metonymy]

 古英語は複合 (compounding) による語形成が非常に得意な言語だった.これは「#1148. 古英語の豊かな語形成力」 ([2012-06-18-1]) でも確認済みだが,複合語はとりわけ韻文において最大限に活用された.実際 Beowulf に代表される古英詩においては「王」「勇士」「戦い」「海」などの頻出する概念に対して,様々な類義語 (synonym) が用いられた.これは,単調さを避けるためでもあったし,昨日の記事「#2676. 古英詩の頭韻」 ([2016-08-24-1]) で取り上げた頭韻の規則に沿うために種々の表現が必要だったからでもあった.
 以下,Baker (137) より,Beowulf (及びその他の詩)に現われる「王,主君」を表わす類義語を列挙しよう(複合語が多いが,単形態素の語も含まれている).

bēagġyfa, masc. ring-giver.
bealdor, masc. lord.
brego, masc. lord.
folcāgend, masc. possessor of the people.
folccyning, masc. king of the people.
folctoga, masc. leader of the people.
frēa, masc. lord.
frēadrihten, masc. lord-lord.
frumgār, masc. first spear.
godlgġyfa, masc. gold-giver.
goldwine, masc. gold-friend.
gūðcyning, masc. war-king.
herewīsa, masc. leader of an army.
hildfruma, masc. battle-first.
hlēo, masc. cover, shelter.
lēodfruma, masc. first of a people.
lēodġebyrġea, masc. protector of a people.
mondryhten, masc. lord of men.
rǣswa, masc. counsellor.
siġedryhten, masc. lord of victory.
sincġifa, masc. treasure giver.
sinfrēa, masc. great lord.
þenġel, masc. prince.
þēodcyning, masc. people-king.
þēoden, masc. chief, lord.
wilġeofa, masc. joy-giver.
wine, masc. friend.
winedryhten, masc. friend-lord.
wīsa, masc. guide.
woroldcyning, masc. worldly king.


 ここには詩にしか現われない複合語も多く含まれており,詩的複合語 (poetic compound) と呼ばれている.第1要素が第2要素を修飾する folccyning (people-king) のような例もあれば,両要素がほぼ同義で冗長な frēadrihten (lord-lord) のような例もある.さらに,メトニミーを用いた謎かけ・言葉遊び風の bēagġyfa (ring-giver) もある.最後に挙げた類いの比喩的複合語は kenning と呼ばれ,古英詩における大きな特徴となっている(「#472. kenning」 ([2010-08-12-1]) を参照).

 ・ Baker, Peter S. Introduction to Old English. 3rd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

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