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Laced up, searobendum faest, it recalls the human works of skill (searoponc, 775) that kept Heorot together, bound fast in its iron bands during the fight with Grendel (773-75).
In spite of J's evidence, where the scribe again converts (in accordance with his own system) what must have been a spelling with p/w in X to vaste, meaning 'dense, impenetrable' from OE faest, most editors of The Owl and the Nightingale assume C's reading implies a different word.
Ic waes be sonde saewealle neah set merefarope; minum gewunade frumstabole faest. Fea aenig waes monna cynnes paet minne paer on anaede eard beheolde, 5 ac mec uhtna gehwam yo sio brune lagufaeome beleolc.
According to Beowulf, the "glove" that he sees is "sid ond syllic" [broad and strange], "searobendum faest" [fixed with cunningly wrought clasps], and "ordoncum eall gegyrwed deofles craeftum ond dracan fellum" [skillfully adorned with the devil's craft and dragon's skin].
Whatever the function of the clasps, the picture of the glof becomes clearer when Beowulf describes it as "ordoncum eall gegyrwed." In previous translations of this passage, "searobendum faest" and "ordoncum eall gegyrwed" have always been rendered as parallel descriptions of the same thing.
(3) This pattern with faest as the second syllable also appears once outside the present corpus: Guthlac B 1190a, |waerfaest wunian, also with double alliteration.
Naes hit lengra fyrst, ac ymb ane niht eft gefremede mor??beala mare, ond no mearn fore, faehde ond fyrene; waes to faest on pam.
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