howdy, newtlets, Etty Moloji here.
bit of a preamble: please take notes if you wish.
as you will see, herman isn’t here. he’s been arrested for heresy because he was observed by the mind-control robots to be secretly believing that assyrian was an alternative pronunciation of arthurian, and that otto and ossa and offa were all variants – speakers of different dialects all having a go at saying arthur, as in king arthur, and there’s a dire possibility they’re going to string him up.
i feel a bit guilty about it because if he did believe such heretical stuff it may have been because of me. i told him how if you straight-forwardly apply the best principles of historical linguistics to the corpora, having a good general knowledge of at least several, you end up chucking out the current chronologies as spurious and fanciful and that enrages anyone still under the enchantment of the ecclesiasts and you cop serious flaming out of both barrels and so there he is on the rack (spit?) and the spirit of ecclesiastica turning the crank handles.
so the least i can do is take his class for him while he’s away.
etty moloji is my name those of you who are new to this blog. today i’m going to talk about the futhark.
naturally, being not only under-staffed, under-paid and under-funded, but also over-worked, over-specialized, and over a barrel, university scholars and independent specialists in the field of runology seem to be pretty firmly in agreement that futhark is a meaningless list of the first six letters – feoh, ur, thorn, os, rad and cen – of the ancient runic alphabet that survived in various forms into medieval times in old England and Iceland, and, like some scholars of old, they have missed the glaringly obvious truth:
now that means it’s english. not the runic alphabet necessarily, just the word futharc. you see, just as in the south of England, u is pronounced ‘uh’ as in ‘uh huh’, the ur which is sharp-cornered and sometimes also upsidedown, was pronounced ah not ooh; and the cen was pronounced s at least by the writers of this six-letter sequence, as ‘c’ very often is in modern english. cen meant fire, candle, can of fuel or the burning of same. look also at kindle. pronounce the c as a s and you get cinder, incinerate, incendiary etc. spell it with a s and you get sun, and with a sh and you get shine, and sheen – and then there’s scintillate; all related to words for tin (shiny stuff). so the fact is that anglo-saxons still do those things with those letters.
so how came the rune poem to list them in that order? we can’t know, but i can easily imagine a reconstructionist in the past finding the word and reading it as foo-thark, which is meaningless, concluding it to have been, like alphabet (alpha, beta, etc), the beginning of an alphabet, and writing the rune poem as we now have it. because why would anyone call an alphabet fathers? was there a people called fathers whose alphabet it was?
more research necessary. 🙂