We have a slight complication this week, folks: RUNES! Runes are great, but they can be a bit of a technological nightmare, so bear with me. If you can’t see the runes in the Old English riddle below, you have two options: download the Junicode font or just scroll to the bottom of the post, where you’ll find a screen shot from a word-processing program. Not ideal, I know, but this way everyone should get to revel in the glory of runes. Aaaaaaaaand, go!
Ic on siþe seah . ᛋ ᚱ ᚩ
ᚻ . hygewloncne, heafodbeortne,
swiftne ofer sælwong swiþe þrægan.
Hæfde him on hrycge hildeþryþe
5 . ᚾ ᚩ ᛗ . nægledne rad
. ᚪ ᚷ ᛖ ᚹ. Widlast ferede
rynestrong on rade rofne . ᚳ ᚩ
ᚠᚩ ᚪ ᚻ . For wæs þy beorhtre,
swylcra siþfæt. Saga hwæt ic hatte.
I saw on a journey a mind-proud,
bright-headed S R O H,
the swift one running quickly over the prosperous plain.
It had on its back a battle-power,
5 the N O M rode the nailed one
A G E W. The far-stretching track conveyed,
strong in movement on the road, a valiant C O
F O A H. The journey was all the brighter,
the expedition of such ones. Say what I am called.
Highlight the box with your cursor to reveal the possible solutions: Ship, Falconry/Horseman and hawk [sometimes with wagon/servant] and Writing
Screen shot for Junicode-less readers: