Old Engli.sh

The Portal to the Language of the Anglo-Saxons

About Old-Engli.sh

The website www.Old-Engli.sh is dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon language. It offers study tools, news on current linguistic research and resource development, a link directory, text editions, trivia articles and more.
About the Anglo-Saxon Language

Old English (OE) is the term used collectively for the earliest dialects of the English language, spoken by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes in England from c. 400-1150. The first OE records date from c. 700 and all in all more than 1,000,000 word tokens in over 400 manuscripts have come down to us. OE prose boasts a wide variety of genres, ranging from legal and religious texts over historical, medical or scientific writing to fiction. The surviving OE poems, such as Beowulf or the Battle of Maldon, are among the finest examples of early Germanic legend and heroic poetry.
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Man dēþ swā hē byþ þonne hē mōt swā hē wile.
'Man does what he is when he may do as he pleases.'
(Durham Proverb No. 14, 11th century)



The latest Old-Engli.sh News

April 2016
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Dictionary of Old English to publish letter H
2015 was a remarkable year for the Dictionary of Old English (DOE). The annual progress report for 2015 projects completion of the letter H, presents system upgrades, and announces important staff changes.


May 2015
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“A word is born” - a virtual exhibit created by the DOE in 2014
The 2014 Dictionary of Old English (DOE) progress report describes progress on the letter H, coordination with the Middle English Dictionary, and the creation of the virtual exhibit A Word is Born. Some notable retirements took place. Toni Healey, David McDougall, and Ian McDougall have stepped away after each devoting over 30 years of their lives to the DOE.


Old English Trivia of the Day

Article for Sunday 17 December 2017
Beowulf fights Grendels mother Gareth Hinds
Beowulf fights Grendel's mother
Artist's conception from a Gareth Hinds comic
The Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, one of the most treasured gems of English literature, has been preserved in only one single manuscript.


Study Anglo-Saxon!

Old English Language
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An Old English dictionary that's easy to use and accurate
Old-Engli.sh offers its own dictionary page. This online Old to Modern English glossary is simple, comprehensive and ideally suited for the translation of original Old English texts.


Old English Documentaries

Produced in 2003
Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons DVD cover
DVD cover of the 2007 DVD release
A BBC4 documentary about one of the British Library's most valuable gems: the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. This 60 minute program explores the epic poem, its preservation and re-discovery by Tolkien.


Today's Featured Link

Old English Language Study - Language Courses
Peter Baker's Electronic Introduction to Old English (3rd edition)
Clearly one of the best introductions to the Old English on the web. It offers an extensive compilation of tools to getting to know the language. Nearly everything it contains is available to all, free of charge. There is an overview page for paradigms and grammatical explanations, an exercise page (Old English aerobics), and a page with text excerpts including audio files (Old English Anthology).
http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/resources/IOE/index.html (table of contents)
http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/exercises/index.html (exercises)
http://www.oldenglishaerobics.net (Old English aerobics)
Peter Baker


Find here a collection of free, downloadable Old English text editions and translations, including Apollonius of Tyre. Ælfric's Catholic Homilies, Biblical Translations, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and many other texts. Continue...