Tuesday, July 22

Tuesday facts, Weather and ABC Wednesday Round 3

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 Πfor 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).

5 comments:

Denise said...

How kind Arne, thank you so much! Strangely enough I have just been on our patio and noticed one of my yellow roses has just started to bloom. I bought the yellow fragrant rose as a memory of my Dad. His garden passion was roses, yellow in particular which we had at his funeral. Just as lovely are the memories I have of Dad so is the rose.

I know you enjoy the various art forms for expression, here is a poem I came across today..


I went to gather roses and twine them in a ring,
For I would make a posy, a posy for the King.
I got an hundred roses, the loveliest there be,
From the white rose vine and the pink rose bush and from the red rose tree.

But when I took my posy and laid it at His feet
I found He had His roses a million times more sweet.
There was a scarlet blossom upon each foot and hand,
And a great pink rose bloomed from His side for the healing of the land.

Now of this fair and awful King there is this marvel told,
That He wears a crown of linked thorns instead of one of gold.
Where there are thorns are roses, and I saw a line of red,
A little wreath of roses around His radiant head.

A red rose is His Sacred Heart, a white rose is His face,
And His breath has turned the barren world to a rich and flowery place.
He is the Rose of Sharon, His gardener am I,
And I shall drink His fragrance in Heaven when I die.

Paulie said...

Loved the rainbow, rose and "rest of the alphabet."

I dropped by just because its been awhile and saw I also missed your odd shots from yesterday so I left a comment there too.

Michelle said...

That is a fantastic shot and I learned something about a part of the world I have never been too...also a good thing...

Bear Naked said...

Arne thank you for the lesson on the Nordic alphabet.
The only one I knew was AE in AEsop's fables.

Bear((( )))

Jerez said...

Wow, great shot of this city in the water! Intriguing! I'd love to be there behind that lens! The rose is also beautiful! Also enjoy your paintings!