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70, cols 1105–9, 71, cols 1121–5, 72, cols 1139–45; no. 75, cols 1149–50; and 85, cols 1345–8. The whole exchange, from Grundtvig’s first instalment in no. 60 to Pontoppidan’s closure, ran from 29 July to 24 October, Nyeste Skilderie apparently coming out twice a week. Peace seems to have been made between the parties by Johan von Bülow (1751–1828), Thorkelin’s dedicatee in 1815 and Grundtvig’s in 1820. However, the matter did not end there. Grundtvig had already announced his intention of translating the poem into Danish and making it available in a living language, a promise he fulfilled with Bjowulfs Drape in 1820, see item 17.

A further vital contribution of the 1820 translation to scholarship (unfortunately outside the range of this study) was its appendix of textual notes, in which Grundtvig, assisted for a time by his countryman Rasmus Rask (1787–1832), showed himself able to correct Thorkelin’s transcription errors without looking at the manuscript, a feat which seemed to many almost miraculous. For all his faults of expression, Grundtvig read the poem more acutely and open-mindedly than any scholar for decades. British reactions The contrast with the British literary world’s reaction to Thorkelin is embarrassing.

But Conybeare goes on from his quite correct observation to relate Grendel to Polyphemus, other Classical monsters, and with casual offensiveness to ‘a Highlander, an American Indian, or even a runaway Negro’; see also the note at the end of item 22. All round, Conybeare shows a characteristic blend of utter social complacency with almost as utter scholarly indecision. The prevailing atmosphere in Britain may account for the sense one has in reading item 27 that Grundtvig was keeping himself under severe restraint, and doing his best to engage with literary attitudes he heartily despised, in the (vain) hope of financial support.

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