This collection celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the Dutch Society for Old Germanic studies, the Vereniging voor Oudgermanisten. The collection brings together contributions by both veteran and early career members of the society and centres on the theme of the encounter between the familiar and the foreign. This theme is also of central importance in one of the most widely studied Old Germanic poems, the Hildebrandslied. This poem features the culmination of Hildebrand’s thirty-year exile: a one-on-one fight with his estranged son.
Renoir1979: AlainRenoir, “Germanic Quintessence: Isolation in the Hildebrandslied,” in: Saints, Scholars and Heroes. Studies in Medieval Culture in Honour of Charles W. Jones, eds. Margot H.King and Wesley M.Stevens, Ann Arbor: ii, 143–178.