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 a foreign pronunciation of Arthurian, and that otto and ossa and offa were all foreigners having a go at saying Arthur and they meant king, and 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 straightforwardly apply the best principles of historical linguistics to the corpuses, having a good general knowledge of at least several, you end up chucking out the current chronologies as spurious and fanciful and then bang goes your ecclesiastica out of both shotgun barrels and there he poor ole is on the rack and 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 understaffed, underpaid and underfunded, but also overworked, overspecialized, 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 that, just as in the south of England, the u, which is sharp-cornered and sometimes also upsidedown, is pronounced ah not oo; and the ‘<‘ , named cen in the anglo-saxon rune poem, was pronounced s at least by the writers of this six-letter sequence. from other evidence, it must have been pronounced s or c, depending where you are, just as ‘c’ 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. cornwall’s a likely spot, innit? lot of tin, lot of dinero, lot of foreign traders with a Cornish presence having a go at pronouncing it in their own, sometimes thick, accents. not a problem, especially in view of the fact that anglo Saxons still do those things with those letters.
so how come the rune poem lists 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.