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.Ælfgifu. wrote:It might be just me, but if I were shouting a line from the Battle of Maldon in a life-or-death struggle, it would be:
'Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre,
mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað'
'Thought shall be the harder, heart the sterner,
Spirit shall be the more, as our might shrinks'
Which, besides being one of the best-known couplets in Old English poetry, is more to do with the actual struggle than the exchange of insults at the beginning. It's the one I've always imagined.
Does Lewis specify differently?
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