Yesterday at 7pm the rainbow gave a signal about the returning of the sun after many rainy days. The weather forecast for the coming week confirms the natural sign from above.
This morning my wife went out in the garden and cut a rose for my breakfast table, and I gladly pass the rose on to Denise for her job to make the new version of ABC Wednesday up and go from tomorrow.Since the letter last week was Z and Round 3 starts with A, I have to make a short post covering our letters following Z in the nordic alphabet.
Æ Ø Å
Æ is according to Wikipedia a ligatur for AE. We can see the letter in the Greek Mythology (Odysseus) where Aiolos (Æolus) "the wind God" gives Odysseus a bag with all four winds.
Æ we also see in Æsop´s fables
Ø is perhaps the same for OE.
There are two theories about the origin of the letter Ø :
That it arose as a version of the ligature Œ for a diphthong spelled "oe", with the horizontal line of the "e" written across the "o", and
That it arose in Anglo-Saxon England as an O and an I written in the same place, to represent a long close [ö] sound resulting from i-mutation of [ō]: compare Bede's Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon period spelling Coinualch for standard Cēnwealh (a man's name) (in a text in Latin). Later the letter ø disappeared from Anglo-Saxon as the Anglo-Saxon sound [ø] changed to [ē], but by then use of the letter ø had spread from England to Scandinavia.
In English we know the use of the letter in Oedipus.
Å is used for a double A.
Historically, the letter Å derives from the Old Norse vowel á. This was a long /aː/ sound, but over time, the vowel developed to an [ɔ] sound. Medieval writing often used doubled letters for long vowels, and the vowel continued to be written Aa.
My birth town is Ålesund. Before 1917 it was written Aalesund. The city´s football club uses the double A in its name: AaFK (Aalesund Fotball Klubb).