4 thoughts on “ort-geard

      • I don’t see a logical connection between ord ‘point,’ either (or ‘origin’ which I think were both also in my dictionary.) I don’t recall the word ort-geard in the OE Genesis tale. I think the word was neorxnewange (I may be spelling it incorrectly–I can’t look it up at the moment) which I think conveys the notion of an open space. Earth-yard does seem to relate to what an orchard is.

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  1. Yes, neorxnawang (paradise) is used in poetry to describe the garden of Eden and the home of the phoenix. Ortgeard appears in a metaphorical but more prosaic text, King Alfred’s West Saxon translation of Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care, Chapter 40: Wietodlice se mæra landbegenga, ðæt wæs sanctus Paulus, he underfeng ða halgan gesomnunga to plantianne & to ymbhweorfanne, sua se ceorl deð his ortgeard. (Certainly the great husbandman, that was St Paul, he undertook to plant and to cultivate the holy church, as the countryman does his orchard.)

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