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Wuffing Education

Wayland the Wonder-Smith

The Neolithic long barrow known as Wayland’s Smithy

with Steve Pollington

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 3rd October 2009

A new look at the legend of Wayland ('lord of elves') and early Anglo-Saxon art and material culture.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Form and Context - An Outline of Early Anglo-Saxon Art Styles and Their Evolution.
Which Styles can be detected in Anglo-Saxon archaeology and how do these relate to Continental material?
What information can the styles convey to us?
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Smiths’ Hoard – An overview of metalwork, ceramics and organic remains.
What manufacturing techniques were used in the making of Anglo-Saxon material?
How were artefacts distributed?
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Textual Tradition of Wéland (with Dr Sam Newton).
How can we retrieve the almost forgotten Old English legend of Wayland the Smith?
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Motifs and Meanings – Recurrent Themes in Early Art and Their Social Contexts.
How can the common art themes, such as horse, hawk, fish, and wolf, be related to the literature?
What use has been made of Anglo-Saxon art in recent times?
  16:15 Close  

About Steve Pollington

Steve Pollington has been active in Old English studies for over twenty years. Aside from authoring a dozen books on various aspects of early English culture and language, he has recorded CDs, worked as a script advisor for television, appeared on television and radio, and contributed to the prestigious Oxford Companion to Military History.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Adams, N., “Reading the Sutton Hoo Purse Lid”, Saxon, 41 (2004).
Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008).
Arnold, C.J., An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (London, 1997).
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974).
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007).
Plunkett, S.J., Guardians of the Gipping. Anglo-Saxon Treasures from Hadleigh Road, Ipswich (Ipswich 1994).
Pluskowski, A. “The Beast Within? Breaching Human – Animal Boundaries in Anglo-Saxon Paganism”, Saxon, 45 (2007).
Pollington, S., Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds (Anglo-Saxon Books 2008).
Pollington, S., Wayland’s Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth and Material Culture from the 4th to the 7th Century (forthcoming).
Webster, L., and J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991).


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