WordPress gives me a list of most search terms used to find my blog. Sometimes, my posts answer the seeker’s question as-is. Sometimes, I think, “Just e-mail me! I could answer that one right away!” Here are the answers to some of those search terms and thoughts on the terms that have me completely baffled. All are reproduced with original spelling and punctuation.
“what is the saxon word for villain”
Translating this into Anglo-Saxon depends on the implied meaning. According to my dictionary, you could use “oferhoga,” despiser; “feond,” enemy; “feondsceaða,” dire enemy; “mānfremmend,” evildoer; “lēodhata,” persecuter, “rȳpere,” robber; or “wærloga,” oath-breaker.
“onfunde old english meaning”
“Discover” or “realize,” third person singular preterit.
“what is the origin of the word yfele”
It’s used in Anglo-Saxon. I would presume it’s also used in Saxon, Old Norse, and possibly even Proto-Norse, but I can’t confirm that since I don’t have dictionaries.
“what is middle english composed of”
Much of the vocabulary is French or Latin transmitted to English through French. The structure is largely Germanic and many Anglo-Saxon words remain.
“is beowulf a flawed hero”
“does beowulf have shortcomings?”
“what is beowulf trying to teach”
One main topic of Beowulf is how a good king should behave. A good king should be a courageous man of physical prowess, but he must also be honest, generous, pious, wise, and kind to his people.
“what is beowulf made of ?”
Beowulf is made of ƿ, of course!
On second thought, I withdraw my sarcasm because this reader may have wanted to know what materials were used to make the original codex. It is made of vellum.
“what kind of music is eowyn’s funeral song”
I most commonly see it referred to as a dirge. It is written in Old English that alliterates as an Anglo-Saxon poem would. The first line, “Bealo cwelm hafað freone frecan forð onsended,” is similar to lines 2266-66 in Beowulf: “Bealo-cwealm hafað / fela feorh-cynna forð onsended!”
“where did midevil torture devices originate from?”
Most of them originated in ancient or classical Rome, so start there if you’re doing research. However, be careful with your sources because some of the more wicked devices were products of modern imagination.
“why is paul sherwen wearing glasses”
I presume he needs them to see clearly.
Until this moment, I have never used either of these words on Made of Ƿ, nor are they contained in any file names. I was initially confused that one person found my blog with these search terms. I continue to be baffled since a second person has also found my blog with these search terms. I don’t understand…
“what is patron made of”
Blue agave, apparently.