Word Hoard Press is the only literary publisher dedicated towards publishing poetry written in Old English and other extinct Germanic languages by modern writers.
Word Hoard Press currently publishes only one-off print copies; our main focus is on Eala, our journal for poetry and short stories.
Richard Littauer is Word Hoard Press’s Founding Editor & Editor-in-Chief. He writes often, and has some creative work published in Code Poems. He studied Old English at the University of Edinburgh, eventually graduating with an MA (Hons) in Linguistics. He studied for an MSc in Computational Linguistics at Saarland University and the University of Malta, and will write his thesis one day. He is a web developer who enjoys reading in other languages in his dwindling spare time. He is probably most well known as the creator of the Na’vi dictionary for the Avatar fan community.
How will you know if the submissions are good?
Long hours with a dictionary and grammars. Hopefully, some other experts in Old Germanic languages will be keen to help out, and we will do our best to seek out trained language consultants. This is, ultimately, for love of the craft.
Why ‘Eala’? Why ‘Word Hoard’?
Eala is the Old English word for ‘Hello.’ Its most famous usage was in the poem Cynewulf, mostly because of JRR Tolkien’s mention of it in his letters.
Eala Earendel engla beorhtast
Ofer middangeard monnum sended
Hail Earendel brightest of angels
Over middle-earth sent unto men
Word-hoard is from the Old English kenning for lexicon, wordhord. Beowulf’s first words in the epic poem are prefaced wordhord onléac, ‘he unlocked his word hoard’.
I am a native Icelandic or Norse speaker. Can I submit some poems I wrote?
We’d prefer if you submitted only texts which are written in languages that don’t exist at the moment, or in the least that you do not know from birth. If you’re writing in Old Norse or Old Icelandic (not that they are that different!), feel free to submit those.
Will you send me a printed copy?
If we get enough submissions, this is my ultimate goal, yes.
Can we have a word list at the end of each submission?
I hope to do this too.
Do you have any resources I could use to help me write?
I don’t, but there are a host of other blogs online that may help. Unfortunately, most of them are old, from various institutions, and not updated. They’re not much better than going back to the original texts and learning there. Good luck.
So… you’re not interested in my rhyming couplets?
Correct. There’s no real outlet for verse in the Germanic alliterative tradition that I could find, so that’s what this is for. Your end-of-line rhymes and iambic pentameter are welcome elsewhere, I am sure.
Richard Littauer has an MA (Hons) in Linguistics from Edinburgh University, and most of an MSc in Computational Linguistics from the University of Saarland. He runs this project and many others.
If you would like to be a reader or a language consultant for Word Hoard Press, please send an email to Richard. We are always looking for more readers, and especially consultants for obscure, extinct languages. Get in touch!
Word Hoard Press is a volunteer project. If you would like to support Word Hoard Press, please feel free to leave some money in the tip jar - it would be very appreciated.
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