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A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge -- Fall of Arthur Edition

SirDennisC
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May 26 2013, 4:18am


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The Green Knight's lady tempts Sir Gawain

Greetings and welcome to another installment of A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge (MEVC). While we're waiting for our friends to obtain and read Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur, I thought we might have a little fun.

As some of you surely have noticed, Sir Gawain features prominently in Tolkien's freshly published poem. The very first line reads: "How Arthur and Gawain went to war and rode into the East." As well, many of you know that our little game is based on in part Tolkien's glossary for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Coincidence? (The other part on which our game is based, and from whence this thread get's its title, is one of his earliest published works.)

Let's get this party started, yo:

Our word game is based on a list of ten words 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) The Glossary published in Tolkien & Gordon ed. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight, London: Oxford University Press, 1963.

Note: publication dates are of my copies; yours may be as old as 1922 and 1925 respectively.

The Rules, such as they are:

This is a game of guessing, reasoned or otherwise. It is well and good to inject a bit of levity into your posts, but be careful. For instance, mentioning Thorin's hair is frowned upon.

We ask those who have access to the glossaries to wait until after they've made their guesses to look up the words. Looking up the words in any other Middle English glossaries, or using Google, etc. is akin to mentioning Thorin's hair.*

As always, no answers in subject lines please!

Some advice:

Regarding the characters ■ and ȝ: one can usually be read as "gh," the other as "th." At the end of words one often sounds the same as the letter "z."

If you are using Chrome and would like ■ and ȝ to render correctly in your posts, be sure to change Post Style to "Markup and HTML." (Must be reset every time you edit!) Post Style is found just below the green bar and just above the Icon buttons.

It may pay to hearken to 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."

Finally, in the explanatory note to A Middle English Vocabulary, Tolkien himself said: "A good working knowledge of Middle English depends less on the possession of an abstruse vocabulary than on the ordinary machinery of expression..."

Now to the Challenge:

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

1. logede
2. ■enkke
3. nygromansye
4. ȝalownesse
5. haldynge
6. maȝtyly
7. tauȝten
8. traw■e
9. comlyng
10. aluisch

Answers to follow later in the week.

* Just Kidding! geez.


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on May 26 2013, 4:26am)

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A Middle English Vocabulary Challenge -- Fall of Arthur Edition SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 26 2013, 4:18am
    True story SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 26 2013, 4:49am
    reversal order? Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel May 26 2013, 11:10am
        Good point SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 26 2013, 5:54pm
    maciliel-answers Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel May 26 2013, 11:17am
    Marvelous fun! Thank you SirDennis! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 26 2013, 12:22pm
        It wouldn't do to have people forgetting themselves SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 26 2013, 7:20pm
            Oh dear...! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 26 2013, 7:29pm
                Revising a few... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 27 2013, 12:12am
                    #1 Yngwulff Send a private message to Yngwulff May 27 2013, 2:15am
                        That rings a bell.... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 28 2013, 12:11am
    oh, why not telain Send a private message to telain May 26 2013, 11:15pm
        Yes, tough but thanks for playing SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 28 2013, 8:39pm
            possibilities Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel May 28 2013, 9:08pm
            I admit it's too tough for me to try. // CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG May 29 2013, 12:24am
            It's definitely tough... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 29 2013, 12:29am
                Palm-planting you say? SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 29 2013, 1:46am
            You know not what you do... telain Send a private message to telain May 29 2013, 1:08am
                ROFL! "Oakenshield... Which in Middle English is spelt "Ooguenscheyelde" or "Smith", I forget which. "// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG May 29 2013, 1:30am
                    Ooguenscheyelde. Instant classic. SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 29 2013, 2:06am
                        suflerpulous fapostrophe, no problem!// telain Send a private message to telain May 29 2013, 11:47am
                Thorin Smith? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn May 29 2013, 2:50am
                    I wish I could take credit for the "Smith" association... telain Send a private message to telain May 29 2013, 11:45am
                        I'm surprised CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG May 29 2013, 12:32pm
                            No? // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 29 2013, 10:06pm
    Do you have a mediocrity bench SirD? elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 May 28 2013, 9:08pm
        Regarding haldynge SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 31 2013, 2:16am
            Well, it sort of made sense to me elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 May 31 2013, 7:42pm
    Another one! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn May 29 2013, 2:41am
    yikes acheron Send a private message to acheron May 29 2013, 4:10pm
        The u in aluish is what's throwing everyone I think. SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 29 2013, 9:36pm
            Enjoy band practice // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 29 2013, 10:07pm
            Oh, what, as in... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 May 29 2013, 10:42pm
                ohhh acheron Send a private message to acheron May 29 2013, 11:48pm
    ~~ ANSWERS and further discussion ~~ SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 30 2013, 4:13am
        Sure rules out time travel, doesn't it? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG May 30 2013, 12:10pm
        Nice. acheron Send a private message to acheron May 30 2013, 1:04pm
            That's it! SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 31 2013, 1:29am
                trying again now in chrome SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 31 2013, 1:43am
                    They show up fine in mobile safari on an iPhone too acheron Send a private message to acheron May 31 2013, 11:25am
        Fascinating! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn May 30 2013, 4:24pm
            Comlyng SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC May 31 2013, 2:02am
        Old school fun Brethil Send a private message to Brethil May 31 2013, 7:08pm

 
 
 

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