Recently I listened to a podcast on Cædmon's Hymn which uncritically recounted the usual orthodoxies about both the poem and its history, compounded with a subpar recitation in its original language - this on a podcast by someone purporting to be an expert on the subject. These are not original sins however, because they begin with the source material, which doesn't even bother with the Anglo-Saxon at all. Disencumbered of the usual beliefs, because an overlooked vital clue is in plain sight, we set out to investigate further and discovered the truth is more interesting.

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