lyft-floga

lyft-floga, m.n: a flier in the air (a dragon). (“luft-flo-ga”)

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is on lyftfloga, the scary ‘sky-winger’ in Beowulf. Hear me read from the poem on the Wordhord Patreon page.

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A colourful dragon flying over the sea. Jacob van Maerlant’s Der Naturen Bloeme. Flanders, c. 1350. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, f. 104r. [bestiary.ca]

hwītel

hwītel, m.n: a blanket, whittle, cloak, mantle. (“HWEE-tell”) #blanketgate #Kzoo2017 Stay warm, medievalists!

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is about wer womma leas, the flawless man. Read it on Patreon. If you become an Old English Wordhord patron, you’ll have instant access to 30 exclusive blog posts, including audio clips, etymologies, info on Anglo-Saxon feast days and more.

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The Yale Lancelot of the Lake. France, 14th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 119, f. 398v. [gallica.bnf.fr]