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  • On 15 October 2016, we will hold our annual commemoration at the Haroldstone (Battle Abbey) of the English soldiers who fell at the Battle of Hastings.
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    Wiþowinde

    We publish a quarterly membership magazine wiþowinde, and we welcome contributions from members and non-members: please see the guide for contributors

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    OE riddle

    An Anglo-Saxon riddle

    Can you work out the answer?

    Old English

    Oft ic sceal wiþ wæge winnan ond wiþ winde feohtan, somod wið þam sæcce, þonne ic secan gewite eorþan yþum þeaht; me biþ se eþel fremde. Ic beom strong þæs gewinnes, gif ic stille weorþe; gif me þæs tosæleð, hi beoð swiþran þonne ic, ond mec slitende sona flymað, willað oþfergan þæt ic friþian sceal. Ic him þæt forstonde, gif min steort þolað ond mec stiþne wiþ stanas moton fæste gehabban. Frige hwæt ic hatte.

    Modern English

    Oft I must with water battle and with wind fight; together, against them contend; then I depart to seek earth swallowed by waves; from me the homeland is estranged. I am strong in that contest, if I fixed become; if I fail at that, they are greater than I, and rend me, soon drive me to flight, will bear off that which I must protect; I resist that from them, if my hold endures and resolutely with me stones might hold fast. Ask what I am called.

     

     

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