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Thread #165069   Message #3956902
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
16-Oct-18 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Caedmon's Hymn
Subject: BS: Caedmon's Hymn
In Whitby (Yorkshire UK for those not in the know) there is a pub called 'The Middle Earth'. I had always assumed there was some sort of Tolkeinian connection but never really figured out how. Over the weekend however I discovered that Caedmon, Anglo Saxon poet and previously stable hand at Whitby Abbey until his miraculous conversion from being an illiterate peasant to being a major poet, wrote the following lines -

Now let me praise the keeper of Heaven's kingdom,
The might of the Creator, and his thought,
The work of the Father of glory, how each of wonders
The Eternal Lord established in the beginning.
He first created for the sons of men
Heaven as a roof, the holy Creator,
Then Middle-earth the keeper of mankind,
The Eternal Lord, afterwards made,
The earth for men, the Almighty Lord.

Eeeee, thought I, you live and learn!