Translations from Old English

By | 1 February 2019
Exeter Riddle 46

A man sits to wine with: 
his two wives 
his two sons 
his two daughters, beloved sisters 
their two sons, good firstborns; 
the father of each prince 
with them an uncle 
a nephew. 
In all five men and women seated in.1

(from the Exeter Book; Codex Exoniensis, Exeter Cathedral Library MS 3501) Wer sæt æt wine mid his wifum twam ond his twegen suno ond his twa dohtor, swase gesweostor, ond hyra suno twegen, freolico frumbearn; fæder wæs þær inne þara æþelinga æghwaðres mid, eam ond nefa. Ealra wæron fife eorla ond idesa insittendra.
  1. Answer: The five men and women are Lot, his two daughters, and the sons they bore him after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
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