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General Discussion / Re: Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by Eanflaed on March 25, 2022, 09:49:36 AM »
Yes do contact me (Bocestre, Wiðowinde) if you are interested in David’s suggestion :)
General Discussion / Re: Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by David on March 24, 2022, 08:47:14 PM »
I enjoyed the talk.

Jenny Ashby gave us a nice online talk on Anglo-Saxon art last year but no one else has followed her example. Hopefully you could give us some too. You could probably just run one of your youtube talks  and then maybe post it on gegarung as you have here. I feel that would encourage more people to attend the talks and also make greater use of gegaderung.

Do contact Jenny Ashby about it. She might contact you.
General Discussion / Re: Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by Eanflaed on March 23, 2022, 05:45:45 PM »
Fascinating - thanks for sending the link :) . Love your Gegaderung name by the way!!
General Discussion / Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by Norman Yoke on March 21, 2022, 08:55:22 PM »
Evening all,

My first post here as a new member to the society. I’m gratefully devouring the first edition of Withowinde that I’ve been sent and look forward to all future issues.

I recently gave a talk on Lady Godiva during Coventry’s City of Culture events. I thought I’d share it here as some of you may be interested in watching. Please forgive me for any mispronunciation of Old English words - I am hoping to embark on learning the language later this year! Do let me know any corrections and I’ll add them onto the YouTube comments.

Old English Language / Re: Englisc Wordl
« Last post by David on March 18, 2022, 11:25:31 AM »
This is great fun although his Old English is not perfect.
Old English Language / Englisc Wordl
« Last post by Phyllis on March 17, 2022, 07:18:57 AM »
It was only a matter of time! Alexander Leitner has created a version in Old ENglish for those who enjoy this game


Old English Language / Re: Terry Herbert, Why Do We Love Him?
« Last post by Bowerthane on March 06, 2022, 11:53:18 PM »

Golly, doesn’t a week feel like a long time these days?  ::)
You are quite right Phyllis and David.  Can’t think why I overlooked læden which, now I’ve reminded myself of its full range of meanings, obeys the KISS principle ( = Keep It Simple, Stupid) that I thought I had mastered when translating, better.  So thus far :P  we’re looking at... 

gāstas ġiestreġēarum lædmē hwider þæt gold īewþ
gāstas ġiestreġēarum lædan mē hwider þæt gold ætīaþ

I can't seen to get an umlaut over the ash there, for no good reason, but it's there in spirit.
I wish we could fudge the puzzle as to whether it should be imperative or subjunctive!

Speaking of putting the verb first, though, what if I were to suggest that that’s what Mr Herbert would have done, had he intended to command anyone?   Yet he didn’t say Take me to where the gold/ coins appear/s, spirits of yesteryear, did he? What if I were to suggest that he invoked the spirits of yesteryear, but issued them with no command explicit enough to justify using the imperative?
And has anyone any preference for īewan, ætīan or something better? 
The moral right of the author to be identified keeping people’s minds off the risk of nuclear war has been asserted.
General Discussion / Re: A scientific clue for Brunaburgh?
« Last post by peter on March 05, 2022, 03:47:01 PM »
Being as my ancient word has failed to register: nottingham.ac.uk/-sczsteve/JEPNS_paper.PDF
General Discussion / Re: A scientific clue for Brunaburgh?
« Last post by peter on March 05, 2022, 03:36:30 PM »
I found this quite interesting, but many of you may have come across it already as it was reviewed in the Independent newspaper.

General Discussion / Re: A scientific clue for Brunaburgh?
« Last post by Eanflaed on March 05, 2022, 10:02:26 AM »
Artefacts which “may have come from the possible location” - on that sort of basis I think I’ll claim my back garden was the site of Brunanburh and cash in on all the publicity and tourism! Even if some of the iron work does derive from Scotland it still wouldn’t be proof - the Vikings were quite happy to raid up there (eg the destruction of Alt Clut). I think it is fashionable at the moment to say Brunanburh was fought on the Wirral and everybody is rushing to find “proof”. At some time in the future I bet someone will find better “proof” under a car park in Doncaster ;) ;D
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