ēagor-strēam, m.n: a water-stream, ocean.
Fran’s wonderful write-up of Midsummer Water Day, as well as recordings of us reading different Old English watery words and poetry…
As part of the day-long programme of events – which included singing workshops, poetry readings, science experiments, and contributions from King’s’ Geography and English departments – the Anglo-Saxonist PhD students brought the @OEWordHord to life in the form of the Old Water Hoard.
(Before I go on, I must link you to PhD candidate Hana’s write up on the OEwordhord website which features plenty of photos from the day.)
The Old Water Hoard occupied a foyer, a hall way, a passing place amongst the other Midsummer activities.
[photo to come once my phone agrees to work – the Water Hoard in situ!]
Visitors could participate in and contribute to the Water Hoard in many ways. They were invited to explore Old English watery words – hitherto collected from…
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Pictures from today’s Old English Wæter-hord at Somerset House, a Midsummer Water Day event.
lagu-fæðm, m.n: a watery embrace. #OEWater
Image: Évrart de Conty, Les Échecs amoureux, France 1496-1498. BnF, Français 143, fol. 130v.
Don’t forget to tweet your favourite Old English water words today using #OEWater 1-4 PM GMT. If you’re in London, stop by our Wæter-hord at Somerset House for Midsummer Water Day.
sund-wudu, m.n: a ship (lit. ‘sea-wood’). #OEWater
Image: Alexander the Great being lowered into the water in a submarine. BL Royal MS 15 E vi f20v.
brim-wīsa, m.n: sea captain, sea leader, leader of sailors. #OEWater
Image: Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.
rēnig, adj: rainy. ‘Hit wæs rēnig weder.’
Image: The Children of Israel, when wandering the desert, receive sustenance from Heaven. In Exodus 16: 4-5 and 11-15, the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from Heaven for you.’ From Dominican School of Theology & Philosophy blog.
hōp-gehnāst, n.n: the dashing together of waves in a bay.
Image: Miniature of St Cuthbert in a boat at sea, with two other men, from Chapter 11 of Bede’s prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham), 4th quarter of the 12th century, Yates Thompson MS 26, f. 26r. From the British Library Medieval Manuscripts blog.
hlæd-hweol, n.n: a wheel used in drawing water. #OEWater
And here’s a medieval image, but it’s a wheel powered by water rather than one used to draw water.