Re: Learning Anglo Saxon
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Elizabeth Katz <lizkz@m...> wrote:
Bright's Old English Grammar & Reader probably costs a bundle, but
it's a nice, clear primer if you REALLY want to take on this task in
your spare time. You might try posting on ANSAX-L (a list for Anglo-
Saxon scholars, listserv@...) or ENGLISC-L (the list for
conversation in Anglo-Saxon, listserv@...) to ask if
anyone has a used copy they'd like to sell you.
Be prepared for a lot of work. There is no getting around the dull,
rote task of memorizing the declensions. This isn't like Shakespearean
English or even Middle English, which you can hack your way through
until habit makes it familiar. Anglo-Saxon is a lot more like Frisian
than like Modern English.
But the work has certain rewards, especially if you like the
alliterative poetry Tolkien wrote in imitation of OE. And to misquote
Star Trek, you haven't experienced BEowulf till you've read it in the
original Klingon! ;-)
Pauline J. Alama
THE EYE OF NIGHT (Bantam Spectra 2002)
> I'd like to learn to read some of Tolkien's source material in the
> original language. Can anyone suggest ways I might learn Anglo Saxon
> without access to a course? Books? Online?