An Entirely Anglo-Saxon Story

This piece is an experimental work of etymology. I aim to write an entire story using only words which originate in Old English roots. I am sure this has been done before but I shall continue nonetheless.

Image by Kreuzschnabel/Wikimedia Commons, License: artlibre

At the bourne of a bustling borough, old Osmund reared his silver steed. Throughout the day flocks of goldfinches flew ‘round his homestead. A sign of good luck. A sign of good tidings. Off he rode into the dale, beyond the leek patches, and lo and behold, before his brown eyes stood a whispery wight. “Good evening Old Osmun- I come with great news,” said the ghastly ghost. “ A day yonder over yon hill lies hidden booty. Answer this riddle and take your worthy pickings”

“Goblins and dwarves make swords

Horses and pigs hew words

But what does man do over fjords?”

The riddle had no answer thought Osmund —gibberish of words. So out pulled Osmund his blade and tore to pieces the knave. And off he ran over the hill, finding by luck, the booty aforetold. Only a looking-glass was behold. So the wisdom of our tale we are sold — greatest booty lies within — greatest booty is ourselves.




Writer, poet, philosopher,

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

TIL Day4 (June3)

Writer’s Block (Haiku Poem)

Our Shared Humanity.

Lying to ourselves about lying to ourselves

Me: An editor has read the poetry the cat has written, and told him it was crudely spellbinding and…

Nestled Chestnut

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Adam Saul Krok

Adam Saul Krok

Writer, poet, philosopher,

More from Medium

a cup of longing (a poem)

A Soup Bowl of Joe and Fear

Author Interview with

Nights at Sea