Originally posted on Old English Wordhord:
Pictures from today’s Old English Wæter-hord at Somerset House, a Midsummer Water Day event. Old English magnetic poetry: fantwæter nicor lagufæðme lagu baptismal water…
As with any hoard the contents of a wordhord are valuable, if not to everyone at least to the person doing the hoarding. These contents may be removed from the hoard under special circumstances when the hoard is ‘unlocked’.
In his Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson describes the Internet as ‘an everyday electronic bestiary’. As humans we are drawn to mysterious and beautiful creatures, part real and part fantasy, animals that terrify, charm and edify all at once.
Every year a small town in western Scotland has a festival commemorating a battle that was never actually won. Despite the initial hostility between the Vikings and the Scots, the theme of the Largs Viking Festival is ‘from fighting to friendship’.