Wikipedia in Old English
Posted: 15 July 2009 03:19 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Not sure how useful it actually is, but pretty cool.

http://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf

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Posted: 15 July 2009 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Ic lufie þæt CE

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Posted: 27 July 2009 02:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Surely they could have found an Old English equivalent of “museum” - ealdþingeshus, perhaps?

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Posted: 27 July 2009 04:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Or taken a leaf out of Tolkien’s book and called it a maðmhus?

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Posted: 27 July 2009 05:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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That’s a great find. Miss Barstow in tenth grade would have loved a place to show us why this material is still important to understand. With my grip will I grapple the gruesome fiend was always a favorite.

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Posted: 27 July 2009 05:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Except that maðum actually means treasure and maðumhus is treasury. (Tolkien was, perhaps, engaging in a bit of wordplay on this one, equating the old relics the hobbits kept with treasure.) A variant of laf, which is remnant or heirloom--lafhus--might be better.

But I see nothing wrong with using a modern borrowing for a concept that didn’t exist in Anglo-Saxon times. But in this case, I think I would have kept the title as “British Museum.” After all, that is the formal title of the institution and doesn’t need to be translated.

And anyway, it should be “Bryttisc Bochus,” as the manuscript is in the British Library, not the British Museum. (A common error made by using old sources from when the British Library was part of the British Museum. The institution of the British Library was not created until 1973, and the current building was not opened until 1998.)

[ Edited: 27 July 2009 05:58 AM by Dave Wilton ]
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