, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 303–305 | Cite as

Beowulf Lines 480b and 531a: Beore Druncen Again

  • Carole Hough


Recent work on the term druncen in Beowulf has suggested that it may refer to intoxication rather than to mild conviviality. This is supported by the collocation with OE beēor, which designates a much more potent drink than PDE beer. The phrase beēoredruncen should therefore not be translated `drunk with beer' but `drunk with alcohol' or `intoxicated with strong drink'.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Hough
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  1. 1.Department of English LanguageUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland, UK E-mail

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