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Learn more about the influence of the Old English poem “The Wanderer” on Literature of the last ten centuries.

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The motif of “The Wanderer” in German and English Romanticism

The motif of the lone Wanderer experienced a Renaissance during the Romantic period in the first half of the 19th century. Paintings such as Caspar David Friedrich’s “Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer” (“Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”) depict the figure of the Wanderer in nature to symbolize freedom and independence, as well as the…

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The “Ubi Sunt” Passage in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Often named the founder of the fantasy genre, J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most famous authors of the last few centuries. Some might not know, however, that Tolkien, for most of his life, was a professor of Old English Literature at Oxford University and was therefore highly familiar with works such as “The Wanderer”.…

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