Practice Text #2

 

  Grammatical Information:
   
  Riddle 5  
   
  Ic eom ānhaga      īserne wund,
 
  bille gebennad,     beadoweorca sæd,
 
  ecgum wērig.    Oft ic wīg sēo,
 
  frecne feohtan ;      frōfre ne wēne,
 
(5)  þæt mē gēoc cyme    gūđgewinnes,
 
  ær ic mid ældum      eal forwurde ;
 
  ac mec hnossiađ       homera lāfe
 
  heardecg, heoroscearp,      hondweorc smiþa
 
  bītađ in burgum ;      ic ā bidan sceal
 
(10) lāþran gemōtes.      Næfre læcecynn
 
  on folcstede     findan meahte,
 
  þāra þe mid wyrtum        wunde gehælde ;
 
  ac mē ecga dolg      ēacen weorđađ
 
  þurh dēađslege      dagum ond nihtum.
 

 

  Your Translation:  

 
 

Riddle 51

 

Ic eom anhaga iserne wund,

bille gebennad, beadoweorca sæd,

ecgum werig. Oft ic wig seo,

frecne feohtan ; frofre ne wene,

þæt me geoc cyme gudgewinnes,

ær ic mid ældum eal forwurde ;

ac mec hnossiad homera lafe

heardecg, heoroscearp, hondweorc smiþa

bitad in burgum ; ic a bidan sceal

laþran gemotes. Næfre læcecynn

on folcstede findan meahte,

þara þe mid wyrtum wunde gehælde ;

ac me ecga dolg eacen weordad

þurh deadslege dagum ond nihtum.

(5)
(10)
 
 
 

 

  Translation Example and Solution  
  Riddle 5 (‘The Spear’)  
  Ic eom anhaga iserne wund, I am alone wounded by iron,
  bille gebennad, beadoweorca sæd, bent by sword, offspring [of] battlework,
  ecgum wērig.    Oft ic wīg sēo, weary of swords. I often see war,
  frecne feohtan ; frofre ne wene, dangerous battle; I expect no consolation
(5) þæt me geoc cyme gudgewinnes, that help [is] coming [to] me [in] battle,
  ær ic mid ældum eal forwurde ; before I perish with all men ;
  ac mec hnossiad homera lafe but [the] hammer-leavings strike me,
  heardecg, heoroscearp, hondweorc smiþa hard edged, battle-sharp, fierce handwork [of]
  bitad in burgum ; ic a bidan sceal blacksmiths they bite in strongholds; I must abide a
(10) laþran gemotes. Næfre læcecynn

hostile encounter. [I] never can find

  on folcstede findan meahte, a healer among those with herbs,
  þara þe mid wyrtum wunde gehælde ; who heal wounds; but the pain of
  ac me ecga dolg eacen weordad swords becomes great through the
  þurh deadslege dagum ond nihtum.  death-stroke, by day and night.

spear
         An Anglo-Saxon Spear Head

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