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Oct 23 2012, 12:53am

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A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge


Welcome to another instalment of "A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge," a word game drawn from two of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle English glossaries:

A) A Middle English Vocabulary, by J.R.R. Tolkien, as published in Sisam, Kenneth, ed. Fourteenth Century Verse & Prose, London: Oxford University Press, 1955; and

B) Tolkien & Gordon ed. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

Good news!

In order to play you require neither glossary as this is a game of guessing, reasoned or otherwise. We ask that those who do have access to the glossaries to wait until after you post to look up the words! As always please no answers in subject lines

Unto the Challenge

For each of the following words, please state its definition and/or a contemporary equivalent word as you deem appropriate.

1. moue
2. ilyke
3. bewty
4. romaunce
5. nayted
6. dredles
7. lofers
8. gruchyng
9. prufe
10. cheryche

There you go, have at them! And tarry not -- answers to follow in a few days.

Some parting advice from NZ Strider via NEB: "Try reading Middle English aloud while looking at the text. A few words that your eye misses your ear will catch."

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Oct 23 2012, 12:56am)

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Post edited by SirDennisC (Half-elven) on Oct 23 2012, 12:55am
Post edited by SirDennisC (Half-elven) on Oct 23 2012, 12:56am

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