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Old English - Wyrd biþ ful ārǣd - What does this mean?

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Wyrd biþ ful ārǣd - What does this mean?

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Some who have read The Wanderer and Bēoƿulf may have seen the word "Wyrd" and wondered what it means?

"Wyrd" is akin to the concept of fate. It is the ancestor of the ModE (Modern English) word "weird".

In The Wanderer, the context of Wyrd in "Wyrd bið ful aræd" equates to "Fate remains wholly inexorable"

In Bēoƿulf, the context of Wyrd in ""Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel!"" equates to "Fate goes ever as she shall!"

January 27, 2017



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Glad to see a fellow language nerd on duolingo! Do you know any resources for learning Old English?


Hey, just discovered Old English a while back, I'm hoping you can answer this. What's the difference between wesan and bēon?


The phrase seems to be the ancestor of "It is what it is" or "What will be, will be". I hope that is not a naive misunderstanding on my part. I looked up the phrase as I enjoy the Bernard Cornwell books on the history of the formation of Britain. The phrase is quoted by Uhtred, the hero of the tales, several times and in Death of Kings (a book in the series), it is the final sentence.



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