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Wuffing Education

Old English Gods Lost and Found

Woden's Dyke

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 8th November 2008

An exploration of the lost continent of pre-Christian Old English mythology as revealed by literature, language, art, and archaeology.

We begin with the question of what King Æthelbert of Kent may have meant when he replied to the mission of Augustine from Rome in 597 that “we may not yet forsake the wise way that we have held for a long time with all the English folk.”
We shall approach this question by examining the comparative literary, philological, artistic, and archaeological evidence which might help us to begin to map something of the lost landscape of pre-Christian Old English beliefs.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Kings, Farmers, and Goddesses  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.40 The War in Heaven  
  12.40 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Cult of Ing  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Offspring of Woden  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993. He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many television and radio programmes. His second book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is currently a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Branston, B., The Lost Gods of England (Thames & Hudson 1957, 1974)
Chadwick, H.M., The Origin of the English Nation (Cambridge 1907)
Chaney, W.A., The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester 1970)
Ellis Davidson, H., The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe (Routledge 1993)
Faulkes, A. (tr.), Snorri Sturluson: Edda (Dent Everyman 1987)
Garmonsway, G., & J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent Everyman 1968, 1980)
Glob, P.V., The Bog People, tr. R.Bruce-Mitford (Cornell 1969 etc.)
Hutton, R., The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (Oxford 1996)
Lee, S., & E.Solopova, The Keys of Middle Earth – Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J.R.R.Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan 2005)
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, A Guide to Old English (Blackwell 1986-2001 etc.)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Redbird 2003)
North, R., Heathen Gods in Old English Literature (Cambridge 1997)
Robinson, O.W., Old English and its closest relatives (Routledge 1992)
Shippey, T. A., The Road to Middle-earth (Allen & Unwin 1982; rev. edn Harper Collins 2003)
Shippey, T.A. (ed.), The Shadow-walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous, Arizona Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, Series V, 291 (Arizona 2005)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
Turville-Petre, E.O.G., Myth and Religion of the North – The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia (London 1964)
Turville-Petre, G., The Heroic Age of Scandinavia (London 1951; repr. 1976)
Wilson, R., The Lost Literature of Medieval England (Methuen 1952, 1970)


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