spell-bōc, f.n: a book of homilies. [SPELL-BOK]

For this week’s Wordhord Wednesday post, take a closer look at this Anglo-Saxon manuscript. Read my post on Patreon.

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A much damaged folio from a book of Old English homilies, including the first series of Ælfric’s Catholic Homilies. England (south-east? south-west?), fourth quarter of the 10th century to first half of the 11th century. British Library, Cotton MS Vitellius C V, fol. 5v. [bl.uk]


gifu, f.n: a gift, grace, favour; the Anglo-Saxon rune /g/ (written ‘ᚷ’), the name of which letter in Anglo-Saxon is ‘gifu’ (a gift), so the rune not only stands for the letter g, but for ‘gifu’ (a gift). [YI-voo]

For the next 12 days, you’ll learn about different kinds of gifts in Old English.

1225 gifu

A Christmas feast? Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264. [Pinterest: Sarah Peverley]