The wolf is described as lying down ("Pa laeg
se graega wulf," 154) and embracing the head with its feet: "mid his twam fotum haefde paet heofod beclypped" (155).
"He nolde fleogan fotmael landes, / ofer baec bugan, pa his betera laeg
" (275-276, He would not flee one foot of land or turn back when his better lay dead).
AELFRIC CONCLUDES HIS STORY of the martyrdom of the thirdcentury Persian kings Abdon and Sennes with "Nu we spraecon be cynegum we willad pysne cwyde gelencgan and be sumum cy nincge eow cydan git Abgarus waes geciged sum gesaelig cynincg on syrian lande and se laeg
beddryda on dam timan pe se haelend on pysum life waes" [Now (that) we are speaking about kings, we will lengthen this conversation and yet tell you something about a certain king who was called Abgar, a certain blessed king in the Syrian land, and who lay bedridden during the time when the Savior was in this life].
Certainly this passage reflects the influence of the accounts in Beowulf of the funerals of Scyld Scefing: [THORN]aer waes madma fela of feorwegum fraetwa gelaeded; ne hyrde ic cymlicor ceol gegyrwan hildewaepnum ond headowaedum, billum ond byrnum; him on bearme laeg madma maenigo, [thorn]a him mid scoldon on flodes aeht feor gewitan.
This passage fits thematically and stylistically with the original, to the point that one wonders if buried somewhere in Tolkien's notes or in his mind there once existed an Anglo-Saxon translation of "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son" that would complement these lines from "The Battle of Maldon": [THORN]a wear[thorn] afeallen [thorn]aes folces ealdor, AEdelredes eorl; ealle gesawon heor[thorn]-geneatas [thorn]aet hira hearra laeg. [THORN]a [thorn]aer wendon for[thorn] wlance [thorn]egnas, unearge menn efston georne; hie woldon [thorn]a ealle oder twega: Lif forlaetan o[thorn][thorn]e leofne gewrecan.
paer waes Hondscio hild onsaege, feorhbealu faegum; he firmest laeg
, gyrded cempa; him Grendel weard, maerum magupegne to mudbonan, leofes mannes lice all forswealg.
Him paet to mearce wear??; he paer for feorme feorhwunde hleat, sweordes swengum, sunu Hygelaces; ond him eft gewat Ongen??iowes bearn hames niosan, sv????an Heardred laeg
, let ??one bregostol Biowulf healdan, Geatum wealdan: paet waes god cyning.