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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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The Anglo-Saxon Invasions of Britain

The Saxon Shore:
In late Roman Britain a series of coastal forts was established from roughly the Solent to the Wash. These were intended to give protection to the coast against Saxon invaders. These forts were built along what was called ‘The Saxon Shore’ and were built between 270 and 285 BCE. These forts were [...]

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Offa’s Dyke

The following is an excellent description of the Dyke,taken from The Bedside Rambler by Christopher Somerville:
Offa’s Dyke is a symbol of division and mistrust, an ancient barrier between Welsh and English that runs the entire length of the border between the two countries. A low bank of earth and stones, five or six feet high, [...]

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The Black Poplar Tree in Anglo-Saxon England

By Peter C Horn
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