aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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aefenglommung

You learn something new every day

In re-reading Tolkien's own lecture notes on Beowulf, I found something I already knew: Wes hal (short for wes þu hal = May you be in health) is simply the polite greeting in Old English. And I also knew that that is the ultimate source of wassail. What I did NOT know is that the typical Old English toast when proferring a tankard of ale was Beo þu bliðe (= Be thou blithe). Which I think will make a fine response the next time Kevin raises a glass in my direction and starts spouting in Irish, Slainte agus saoghol agat!
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