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Editing Beowulf: What Can Study of the Ballads Tell Us?

John D. Niles

Oral Tradition, Volume 9, Number 2

After setting forth the editorial principles underlying the publication of the final volume, “Melodier,” of the magnificent collection of narrative song published under the title Danmarks gamle Folkeviser, Thorkild Knudsen called attention to an impasse in recent ballad research. In his view, the lack of productive new work in this field derived from a mistaken assumption about origins.

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