| Quote #4
[...] Now here and there across the Middle-Earth
Later in the poem, these buildings are called the "work of giants." The fact that wind and storms have the ability to shake them and cause them to crumble is a testament to nature's ability to destroy the creations of mankind, even the ones that seem most permanent.
| Quote #5
[...] One a bird bore off
The "beasts of battle" that benefit from the slaughter of war is an oft-repeated motif in Anglo-Saxon poetry. Here, just like the winter weather in the previous lines, nature has the ability to dismember and destroy.
| Quote #6
Stands now behind the dear war-band
The "snake-shapes" carved on the wall behind the fallen men remind us of the beasts of battle mentioned a few lines earlier, making the wall seem vaguely threatening. These lines also say that "ash-spears" are "hungry" for corpses. The ash-tree was the raw material for these weapons, and the fact that it's mentioned here at all, and that the ash-spears are personified, makes the ash-tree partially responsible for these deaths. Once again, nature destroys.