Hƿæt dōes eōwer helm sǣ abōt eōw?

Þere ære maneġ types ōf helmes fōr a gōd wārre-mæcer tō ceose frum, ond hƿæt fǣt has ceose fōr eōw sǣs mōre ōf eōw ðan þee w īsc tō knōwe ōf þeenself.

 

I. Þe Helm ōf Cyng Hrædƿald

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Ðis helm sǣs eōw ære Cyng Hrædƿald ōf Ēastengla, ond ðus eōw ære nōtte myne Cyng! Eōw ære moste certænleġ a cōward ond ye flee frum þe clæsc ōf scyldes tō drinke ōf græp-meade frum be hynde eōwer wōhmanleġ wælles! Mæy Þunor stryce ye dōwne fer eōwer sceæme!

II. Þe Helmes ōf Eoferwic

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Ðis is a gōd, hōnyst helm, for a gōd, hōnyst mann. Eōw spyl þe blōd ōf eōwer fōes, ond ye wræstle a hōg oþerƿyse! Wōhman-folc ære mæhde wēac ōf þe heorte by ye!

III. Þe Helm ōf Vendel-folc

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Eōw dōhnot lyc eōwer mouþ, ond I dōhnot tryst ye. Eōw lyc tō creasc upon þe sceore ond mæc bættel wiþ myne gærden. Spæc tō þe Godes ond beseace þem fer merseġ, fer ife I finden ye I sceall cæc ye inn dung mōst fōulle fer upsettyng myne waife so!

IV. Hƿæt is ðis helm mōst wyrd?

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I dōhnot knōƿe ðis helm.

 

V. Þe Fæse Helm

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Eōw riddan a mōst fryhġtenyng hoof-hōund, ond ye træmpel mynen cabbæcges. Eōw ælso mæc fryhġten myne waife wiþ þat monster-goht, ond ælso it biht me hƿen I æsc eōw to stōppe. Eōw ære a scaundrel ife ye weahre ðis helm.

 

Þat is ālle þe helmes. Ife eōw mæc-ƿitness a neƿ helm, sceare wiþ me eōwer knōƿlecg-hoarde!

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