Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Nemnao hy sylfe

here is an old english riddle for you (in translation). correct guesses receive a raccoon postcard.

This air bears little creatures
high over the hill-slopes. Black! they are black,
dressed in dark clothing. They travel in flocks,
singing loudly, liberal with their songs.
Their haunts are wooded cliffs, yet they sometimes
come to the houses of men. They name themselves.

30 comments:

jt said...

I've got no idea, but can I still have a racoon postcard??

Je suis decide(acute) que tout vous bloggers est de vos bascules!!! ET... vous avez trop d'heure sur vo mains!!!!

gauro said...

i want them to be bats ! i like bats. but i don't know if bats name themselves or dress in black. but if i were a bat i would name myself.

gauri said...

ps there's a huntsman on my wall, want to name it ? i want it to either stay there until pete gets here tomorrow or move further down the wall so i can catch it without it jumping behind the filing cabinet. what do you think the odds are ?

gtg said...

no! only good guessers get postcards! at least have a go. . .

all us bloggers are the scales? eh?

ah, i see. babelfish is my friend.

que grossier!

gtg said...

gauri,

i think they dress in black, but if they named themselves their name would have to be EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (weird sonar noise)

you should name the hunstmen sharlene and buy it a little cowboy hat and dance the night away til the petox comes.

thus spake the godroach.

grot said...

fleas - they name themselves 'flee'

jt, tu es un partie pooper! je suis très sain d'esprit.

are you using a dictionary, or babelfish, or does Sr Cecilia deserve all the credit?(god rest her soul)

j'ai un nouveau petit dictionaire francais

grot said...

or blackbirds, but that seems too obvious

BBB said...

Oooh, a game, how fab! Thinking, but no guesses yet.
And lovely to see the gauro photo.

jt said...

Sr Cecilia ... as if!!!

It was supposed to be off u rockers, but it translated as off your seesaws. Same thing!

Actually Helen and I figured it out together, but cheated (and not very well!) for the rockers bit!!

Aahhh Merde (my own knowledge!!)

grot said...

my dict said 'unbalanced' which seeme'd right

babelfish is off its seesaw for sure - it never makes sense

if helen is there, may she speak?

helen said...

bonjour, je suis ici! Je suis practising mes mots francaises, parce-que je suis tres terrible avec la grammaire!

BBB said...

Too bloody right there matey!

grot said...

look - a new person hath spoken!!

brave brave helen - did the earth move?

gtg said...

bonjuor, helen! bienvenue a mon blog! je suis desole pour mes parents. . .

(i don't know the grammar either. i am only learning to read it, not write it!)

grot said...

Helène

Le lac d'Eyre est remplir. Brian et moi conduirai là-bas en juin

itchy fingers said...

are they crows? i'm all isolated in the bush and i wanna postcard.

grot said...

Clue please.

gtg said...

yay itchy! itchy has one of the answers! they are indeed crows, the old english word for crow being "cra".

there is more than one answer, however. the other answer has to do with the theme of the course. (so this is like a comprehension test as well as a fun riddle game. hah!)

grot said...

theme too hard...

gtg said...

well, the name of the course is "the medieval book" and we have been discussing the development of literacy and the written word. is that helpful?

grot said...

letters - little letters of the alphabet which symbolise education, literacy and such?


ps
John Howard v the Democrats - fight, fight, fight, fight

grot said...

pomes?

gtg said...

yes! well done grotty!

isn't it clever - with the wooded cliffs and all? such a cute mental image of them all traveling in flocks. and the crow thing works as well. olden types were smart!

(are you taking election bets?)

Anonymous said...

Not a prob (the election that is), Labour to win in a landslide!
But then, that's what i said last time about latham the loser.

BBB

Seriously tho, K Rudd (or Kruddy as others refer to him), is certainly travelling very nicely at this stage. Still plenty of time for the wheels to fall off, but so far so good.

grot said...

hooray! i'se the winner - again!

grot said...

yes, very clever images

is there another one as good?

grot said...

ps

have you go the letter riddle all in old english?

gtg said...

Deos lyft byredo lytle wihte
ofer beorghleova. Va sind blace swipe,
swearte salopade. Sanges rope
heapum ferao, hlude cirmao,
tredao bearonaessas, hwilum, burgsalo
hivva bearna. Nemnao hy sylfe.

gtg said...

more or less. the keyboard doesn't have all the right letters.

sorry, that's really the only appropriate one. the others are either really obvious (it's the Bible!), dependent on being able to read runes or unsolved (the riddle book doesn't have the answers in).

grot said...

ok