Everything a battle-scarred Swede could need: fine-forged mesh to protect him from other people’s hate-honed swords, and a great-shafted spear to keep them at arms’ length.  ‘Hate-honed’ is striking, as if the weapon is imbued with the emotions of its wielder.

Source: Seamus Heaney, Beowulf (London: Faber & Faber, 2000)


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