of-steppan, wk.v: to trample upon. (ov-STEP-pahn)
hnappian, wk.v: to nap, doze, sleep lightly; to sleep. (HNAP-pee-ahn)
wundrung, f.n: wondering, wonder, admiration, astonishment; a wonderful sight, a spectacle. [WUN-drung]
nædre, f.n: serpent, adder.
St Patrick supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
wuldor-geweorc, n.n: glorious work.
St Patrick did some wuldor-geweorc but here he’s just asleep. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Image: St Patrick asleep, with a figure holding a book. France, 2nd quarter of the 13th century (London, British Library, MS Royal 20 D VI, f 213v) – From the British Library blog post The Legacy of St Patrick.
hālga, m.n: saint. Happy St Patrick’s Day — wear medieval blue today!
Image: The tiny portrait comes from one of The Huntington’s rare treasures: a 13th-century French manuscript of the Legenda Aurea, or Golden Legend, a compilation of saints’ lives by Jacobus de Voragine. It is the earliest known image of St Patrick, and he is wearing blue. See Huntington Library blog for more info.