The two primary subjects of this blog are Germanic Philology, and the Liturgical Arts & Liturgical Year. Over the last several posts I've been deeply interested in rood-screens and the way they function in sacred architecture, and how medieval literature might itself function as a sort of verbal rood-screen (as Tolkien in fact believed that it could). In the Venn diagram of all of these interests, an Anglo-Saxon poem known as The Dream of the Rood is the almond-shaped overlapping area which connects them all.
|Eastern Orthodox icon of the Exaltation of the Cross|
|The Ruthwell Cross, 8th c.|
|The Anglo-Saxon Reliquary Cross, 10th c.|
|Anglo-Saxon Rood, or crucifix, Romsey Abbey. 10th c.|
|Medieval illumination of the death of St Edmund|