November 2016

Elizabeth Melick on Unusual Giants

"Now bigin ichil…" (Of Unusual Giants) He hadde tuenti men strengthe, And fourti fet of lengthe, Thilke panim hede, And four fet in the face, Ymeten in the place, And fiften in brede, His nose was a fot and more, His browe as brestles wore, He that it seighe it sede He loked lotheliche And was swart as piche Of him men might adrede. The passage above is from the Middle English romance Roland and Vernagu, which I am currently editing for a volume of four linked Charlemagne romances. This particular passage occurs about halfway through the poem, and it...

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