Hostages in Old English Literature examines the various roles that hostages have played in Anglo-Saxon texts, specifically focusing on the characterization of Æscferth in The Battle of Maldon.
In the world of Maldon, bravery and keen hearts are not so much an affect of choice as they are a manifestation of interior disposition, of who one is born to be. Deeds reveal the man, who in turn is defined by his status and family.
Director and narrated by David Waugh of DTG Productions, it retells The Battle of Maldon, an Anglo-Saxon poem that describes a battle that took place on 10 August 991
The structure of this study follows the development of Tolkien’s social criticism and heroic aesthetic. The study begins by looking at some biographical elements of Tolkien’s life and how those elements shaped the creation of Tolkien’s anti-hero, the Hobbit.