"Wulf and Eadwacer ": An Interpretation. In common with the majority of surviving Anglo-Saxon poems, the poem immediately preceding the riddles in the Exeter. The Exeter Book (Jebson)/Wulf and Eadwacer Wulf and Eadwacer is an Old English poem of 20 lines that appears to date from the 9th. My tribe would welcome him with open arms were he to show up with a war party or otherwise pose a threat. How differently it goes for us Wulf on one island.
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Though this argument is debatable among scholars, there is the thought that the character of Wulf is actually the speaker's child and not her lover.
In this case she wulf and eadwacer be lamenting and pining after her son, hoping that he was okay, and not her lover. This idea has credibility when put in context that she was peace-weaved to Eadwacer, making Wulf their son.
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It is to my people as if someone gave them a gift. They want to kill him, if he comes with a troop.
It is different for us. Wulf is on one island I on another.
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That island, surrounded by fens, is secure. There on the island are bloodthirsty men. I thought of my Wulf with far-wandering wulf and eadwacer, Whenever it was rainy weather, and I sat tearfully, Whenever the warrior bold in battle encompassed me with his arms.
To me it was pleasure in that, it was also painful.
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It has been suggested that he was a Viking marauder. Viking raiding parties were known to sail up estuaries and set up camps wulf and eadwacer islands. But at best that's just an educated guess. But whoever Wulf is, he is clearly some sort of outcast, perhaps an outlaw.
Who is the poem's "second wolf"? I believe the correct answer is that no one really knows.
We can only speculate. One possibility is that the second wolf is Wulf himself. Wulf and eadwacer he returned to abduct the child, or to kill it as a form of revenge for the rape of his wife or lover.
Another possibility is that Eadwacer is the second wolf. If Wulf was nominated to be wulf and eadwacer sacrifice to the gods, but escaped, perhaps Eadwacer fathered the child on purpose, to replace the lost sacrifice.
Or perhaps he was married and his wife refused to raise another woman's child in their house, so he acted according to her wishes.
Or perhaps Eadwacer's wife was the second wolf, and she got rid of the child herself. Or perhaps the wulf and eadwacer herself became the second wolf, getting rid of a child fathered by her rapist. Or perhaps some other member of wulf and eadwacer tribe was the second wolf, perhaps believing it was the will of the gods for the child to replace its father as a sacrifice.