Tuesday, January 17


The Lord's Prayer in the Gothic Tongue

J.R.R. Tolkien used to recite some form of this into his tape-recorder before beginning dictation; one version dates back to 350, and was done by the Arian bishop Wulfila or Ulfilas, who also invented the Gothic alphabet. I do not know if Wulfila's Arianism affected his translation, but here it is...

Atta unsar, thu in himinam,
weihnai namo thein,
qimai thiudinassus theins,
wairthai wilja theins,
swe in himina jah ana airthai.
Hlaif unsarana thana sinteinan gif uns himma daga,
jah aflet uns thatei skulans sijaima,
swaswe jah weis afletam thaim skulam unsaraim,
jah ni briggais uns in fraistubnjai,
ak lausei uns af thamma ubilin;
unte theina ist thiudangardi
jah mahts jah wulthus in aiwins.

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