My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology

  Carnival of Blog Translation (May 06)

This is a project of several blogs. Every month those who feel like it / have the time, will post a piece of translation, and one blog will host the links. The translations should be from your own or someone else's blog posts. Everything goes, translations to and from languages living or dead, well known or exotic. This month's Blog Translation Carnival will be hosted by Sauvage Noble. I've decided to join the fun.

For May, I stuck to my own blog and chose a German poem I translated into English, Am grauen Strand by Theodor Storm.

Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888): German poet and a novel-writer (and lawyer). He lived most of the time in a town by the shore of the North Sea called Husum and many of his poems describe this landscape.

Am grauen Strand, am grauen Meer,
Und seitab liegt die Stadt;
Der Nebel drückt die Dächer schwer,
Und durch die Stille braust das Meer
Eintönig um die Stadt.

Es rauscht kein Wald, es schlägt im Mai
Kein Vogel ohn' Unterlaß;
Die Wandergans mit hartem Schrei
Nur fliegt in Herbstesnacht vorbei;
Am Strande weht das Gras.

Doch hängt mein ganzes Herz an dir,
Du graue Stadt am Meer;
Der Jugend Zauber für und für
Ruht lächelnd doch auf dir, auf dir,
Du graue Stadt am Meer.

Grey is the shore, and grey the sea,
And nearby lies the town.
Approaching mists oppress the roofs,
The murmur of the sea, it mourns
Forever round the town.

No wind is whisp'ring in the woods,
No birds will sing in May;
The grey geese only with harsh cries
Will pass the town in autumn nights;
On the shore will move the grass.

But yet you are so dear to me,
You grey town by the sea,
Because enchanting dreams of youth,
Smiling sweetly, rest in you,
You grey town by the sea.

I tried to render the tone, the elegant simplicity of the language, rather than try for the best possible matching words. I've seen another translation that is maybe better English, but less Storm. :)

  King Alfred tagged me

Found the fun thing on The Bitter Scroll, and while I don't know if my dear fellow king had a specific Charles in mind, I jumped at the occasion.

I am: Charles king of the Franks, (Imperator Romanum gubernans Imperium, too, but only in official documents).
I want: to Christianise all Saxons (well, I want them to pay taxes as well, but don't tell Eginhard).
I wish: that damn Widukind would submit already (I'm tired of building bridges across the wrong river).
I hate: wearing posh clothes (what's wrong with plain tunics, sheepskin cloaks and decent boots?)
I miss: my nephew Roland (and don't get me started about that thing with my sister).
I fear: my son will turn out a whimp (smashing chess boards isn't a sign of a future king but of a spoiled brat).
I hear: that drunken Englishman singing in the courtyard (Alcuin, keep the tone at least)
I wonder: who left those traces in the snow leading to Eginhard's quarter (and female traces, too).
I regret: having released Audgeir of Danemark (now he's harrassing Egberth bretanwealda of England, despite their former friendship).
I am not: a white bearded 200 year old grandpa however majestic looking (and the fact I can still chop bloody pagans into pieces doesn't make up for it).
I dance: but only after enough mead (hehe, filched that one from Alfred).
I sing: sometimes, when riding through the spring rain (no, there's no source, documentary or other, for that).
I cry: according to some sources a lot (but it isn't true).
I made: that bastard Tassilo crawl before me (and sent him off to a monastery - I admit I had some fun there, and it's a good example for a certain Renaud).
I am not always: building new churches and castles (sometimes I'm destroying others' castles).
I write: not very well (there's none but me who can read the scrabble).
I confuse: German and French tongues sometimes (after too much mead).
I need: more educated monks (also filched from Alfred, us kings tend to have the same problems).
I should: travel to Constantinople (and give the Emperor a demonstration what my knights can do).
I start: too many affairs with concubines (geez, I can't even remember the names of all of them, or their kids).
I finish: building the bathes at Aquisgranum (the official versions prefer to mention the church, though).
I tag: Memnon, Olympias, William Marshal, and King Edward II of England (and if Isabella or Hugh Despenser want to join, the more fun).

I admit, this is a mix of the historical Charlemagne, some legends and especially motives from chansons de geste .

Here is a list with links to other blogs who did the meme.

  Schäferscheune (near the Krukenburg)

Here are some pics of the Schäferscheune, or Shepherd's Barn, just below the Krukenburg.

Schäferscheune, outside view

The building was erected in the 13th century as outwork for the defense of the Krukenburg. In the 17th century it served as house for the first Huguenot refugees (before they settled in the newfounded town Karlshafen), later it was used as barn. From 2001-04 the building was renovated and the old structures repaired. It now houses a restaurant.

Inside view

The interior has a nice, rustic flair, and the food is what we call Hausmannskost, typical German fare. They got good cakes as well.

Another outside view

BTW I think it's some fun that my blog now appears first if you search for Krukenburg in Yahoo.

The Lost Fort is a travel journal and history blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, as well as some geology, illustrated with photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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