The Deorhord

The Deorhord An Old English Bestiary

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Publisher's Synopsis

From the author of The Wordhord comes another delightful dive into the realm of Old English - words and creatures that will change the way you see the world.

Many of the animals we encounter in everyday life, from the creatures in our fields to those in our fantasies, have remained the same since medieval times - but the words we use, and the ways we describe them, have often changed beyond recognition...

Old English was spoken over a thousand years ago, when every animal was a deor. In this glittering Old English bestiary we find deors big and small, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the good, the bad and the downright baffling. From walker-weavers (spiders) and grey-cloaked ones (eagles) to moon-heads and teeth-tyrants (historians still don't know!), we discover a world both familiar and strange: where ants could be monsters and panthers could be your friend, where dog-headed men were as real as elephants and where whales were as sneaky as wolves.

Book information

ISBN: 9781800815797
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 429.81
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 65
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 400g
Height: 140mm
Width: 208mm
Spine width: 34mm