Tolkien Gateway

Editing Ælfwine

Warning: You are not logged in.

Your IP address will be recorded in this page's edit history.
The edit can be undone. Please check the comparison below to verify that this is what you want to do, and then save the changes below to finish undoing the edit.
Latest revision Your text
Line 42: Line 42:
 
Having grown up to full manhood and learned the [[Welsh|Welsh language]] and much sea-craft he returned to Somerset to serve the King [[Éadweard]]'s [[thain#Etymology|thegn]] [[Odda]] in the wars. In the service of Odda he sailed and visited both [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales Wales] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland Ireland] many times. On his journeys he always sought tales of the sea, and thus came to hear the Irish legends of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1el_D%C3%BAin Maelduin] and [[Saint Brendan]], who both set out to sea, and came to "many islands in succession, where they encountered marvel upon marvel".<ref>{{HM|LR}}</ref> He heard also of a great land in the west which had been cast down. The survivors of the disaster had settled on Ireland and dwindled there; and the successors of these men all had the sea-longing in their blood, so that many sailed off west and never returned. Ælfwine thought he might be one of these descendants.
 
Having grown up to full manhood and learned the [[Welsh|Welsh language]] and much sea-craft he returned to Somerset to serve the King [[Éadweard]]'s [[thain#Etymology|thegn]] [[Odda]] in the wars. In the service of Odda he sailed and visited both [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales Wales] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland Ireland] many times. On his journeys he always sought tales of the sea, and thus came to hear the Irish legends of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1el_D%C3%BAin Maelduin] and [[Saint Brendan]], who both set out to sea, and came to "many islands in succession, where they encountered marvel upon marvel".<ref>{{HM|LR}}</ref> He heard also of a great land in the west which had been cast down. The survivors of the disaster had settled on Ireland and dwindled there; and the successors of these men all had the sea-longing in their blood, so that many sailed off west and never returned. Ælfwine thought he might be one of these descendants.
  
Around the year [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/915 915], in autumn, the Danes attacked [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porlock Porlock]. They were at first driven off and Ælfwine's company managed to capture a Danish [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knarr cnearr] at night. At dawn Ælfwine told to his closest friend, [[Tréowine]], he intended to sail off westward, perhaps to the country of the legendary king [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sceafa Sheaf]. Tréowine agreed to accompany him at least as far as to Ireland. They got two other companions: [[Ceola]] of Somerset and [[Geraint]] of West Wales.
+
Around the year [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/915 915], in autumn, the Danes attacked [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porlock Porlock]. They were at first driven off and Ælfwine's company managed to capture a Danish [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knarr "cnearr"] at night. At dawn Ælfwine told to his closest friend, [[Tréowine]], he intended to sail off westward, perhaps to the country of the legendary king [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sceafa Sheaf]. Tréowine agreed to accompany him at least as far as to Ireland. They got two other companions: [[Ceola]] of Somerset and [[Geraint]] of West Wales.
  
 
Many days after they passed Ireland the voyagers were exhausted. A "dreamlike death" seemed to come over them, and soon they passed out. The last that is known of the journey is that Tréowine saw the world plunge down under them, while sailing the [[Straight Road]].
 
Many days after they passed Ireland the voyagers were exhausted. A "dreamlike death" seemed to come over them, and soon they passed out. The last that is known of the journey is that Tréowine saw the world plunge down under them, while sailing the [[Straight Road]].

Please note that all contributions to Tolkien Gateway are considered to be released under the GNU Free Documentation License (see Tolkien Gateway:Copyrights for details). If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here.
You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!

Cancel | Editing help (opens in new window)