The Wanderer

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What are "the fates of men" on which the wanderer reflects?  Why might his own experience lead him to such brooding thoughts?

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Fate has three common definitions which are (1) something that unavoidable happens; (2) a universal principle that orders the happening of events; (3) death destruction and ruin. In Line 5, "Fate" is used in accord with the second of the above definitions. In The Wanderer, The word "fate" appears four times, twice early on (lines 5 and 15) and twice in the third section (Lines 101 and 108). The third context in which fate is used is when warriors of a kingdom behind a "wondrous high wall" (depicting a wealthy and powerful kingdom) are overtaken by enemies at night with "ash-spears" that are "corpse-hungry" reduce the once famous warriors to corpses--a great realm is destroyed and lost, in the same way that the Wanderer is himself lost.

Immediately after the battle description, the Wanderer is lamenting the snowstorm the "dash on" at the time of the battle he just finished describing. He says the storm attacks and "binds all the ground" and is accompanied by dark when "night-shadow...

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