Some Parallels Pertaining to Ravens (and Other Beasts of Battle)

Ravens appear in several places across western mythology.  They are present in folklore, such as the tale of The Seven Ravens, and in Greek myth, where they are associated with Apollo.  Ravens are prominent symbols in Norse and Germanic mythology and in Anglo-Saxon poetry, and J.R.R. Tolkien uses them for similar purposes in The Hobbit. … Continue reading Some Parallels Pertaining to Ravens (and Other Beasts of Battle)

“Reusing”:  An Anglo-Saxon Guide to Plagiarism

Long ago, before stealing another’s work for your own was blighted with the poisonous multisyllabic Latinate word plagiarism, Anglo-Saxon writers were streamlining their historical documents by pasting paragraphs from previous writers into their own work.  Later historians would exchange silent, shocked glances when they learned that their ancestors participated freely in this scandalous art.  But … Continue reading “Reusing”:  An Anglo-Saxon Guide to Plagiarism

English in the Dock: Have, Have, Have & Will, Will, Will

English is an unruly little beast.  Although it boasts borrowed words from over 350 different languages, it has shamefully neglected itself and must often stand trial on charge of its ludicrous inconsistencies.  Nouns mascarade as adjectives, verbs change hats with auxiliary verbs, and the amount and variety of nouns that flirt with verbs is distressing.  … Continue reading English in the Dock: Have, Have, Have & Will, Will, Will