Sound of the Saxons
The Sermon of the Wolf, extract 3
||'...and here there are whores and killers of children and many foul adulterous fornicators, and here there are wizards and sorceresses...'
- 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.
myltestran - whores
bearn myrðran - killers of children
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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