An Old Norse Analogue to Wiglaf’s Lament (Beowulf Lines 3077–3086)

  title={An Old Norse Analogue to Wiglaf’s Lament (Beowulf Lines 3077–3086)},
  author={Leonard Neidorf},
This article identifies an Old Norse analogue to Wiglaf’s lament, a notorious interpretive crux in Beowulf. Some scholars have interpreted Wiglaf’s lament as an indictment of the moral failings of the protagonist, while others maintain that Wiglaf expresses no criticism of his fallen lord. Reading his lament in the light of Angantýr’s lament, an analogous passage from Hlǫðskviða, tilts the scales of probability in favor of the latter interpretation.