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Riddle 47

Moððe word fræt. Me þæt þuhte
wrætlicu wyrd, þa ic þæt wundor gefrægn,
þæt se wyrm forswealg wera gied sumes,
þeof in þystro, þrymfæstne cwide
ond þæs strangan staþol. Stælgiest ne wæs
wihte þy gleawra, þe he þam wordum swealg.

what am I? (translation beneath cut)

A moth ate words. That seemed to me
a strange event, when I heard of that wonder,
that the worm devoured the song of a man,
the thief in darkness, the famous song
and the strong foundation. The thievish stranger was
at all the wiser as he had swallowed the words.*

*Translation: Williamson, Craig. A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-songs, translated with introduction, notes and commentary. Philadelphia 1982.

Date: 2004-05-19 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
obviously, you're a hungry graduate student who has no dinner. ;-)
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Date: 2004-05-19 12:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2004-05-19 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
why do you keep deleting your comments?

Date: 2004-05-19 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
did that get sent to you? Someone else commented and deleted... but I still get the messages.

I'm confused. I'm going to go stare at the wall now.

Date: 2004-05-19 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sample of two; one because it had a typo which I fixed, one because I thought it was too obvious and the other person's comment was actually clever.

Date: 2004-05-19 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
well stop it. it's irritating, because I reply and then there's nothing there.

Date: 2004-05-19 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OK. I really wish one could edit comments though. It would make life so much easier.

Date: 2004-05-19 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't care if you make mistakes.

I make them all the time in comments. I won't pick you apart for it.


Date: 2004-06-06 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! Remember me? Girl with pink hair you met at [ profile] owlfish's party?? Just wanted to say hi. I was also wondering if you're a Tori Amos fan. Cause of your journal title. I love her: her music is so complex. Anyhow, hello!

Date: 2004-06-06 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hi! I will add you, so that you can see all the whining i do behind locked posts ;)

I love Tori. Sometimes she just seems to fit my mood perfectly!


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