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The Sermon of the Wolf, extract 3
And her syndan myltestran and bearnmyrthran and fule forlegene horingas manege, and her syndan wiccan and waelcyrian And her syndan myltestran and bearnmyrthran and fule forlegene horingas manege, and her syndan wiccan and waelcyrian '...and here there are whores and killers of children and many foul adulterous fornicators, and here there are wizards and sorceresses...'

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And her syndan myltestran and bearnmyrðran...

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  • The word 'wælcyrian' (sorceresses) is derived from an Old Norse word 'valkyrie' (choosers of the slain). This is evidence of how Viking words influenced the English language and how this can affect the meaning of words.
  • The endings on certain words tell us more about their meanings - the '-as' ending on 'horingas' (fornicators) and the '-an' ending on 'bearnmyrthran' (killers of children) usually indicates it's a plural.

Vocabulary
myltestran - whores
bearn myrðran - killers of children
fule -foul
forlegene - adulterous
horingas - fornicators
manege - many
wiccan - wizards
wælcyrian - sorceresses
7 - and
æ - 'a' sound in 'cat'
ð, þ - 'th' sound in 'this'

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