Riddle 47 of the Exeter Book breaks from tradition in revealing its solution in the first word. The poem describes a bookworm—moððe 'moth'—that has eaten through a manuscript page, recklessly devouring some of the written text along with it. Alliterating sounds are boldfaced: Moððe word fræt.    Me þæt þuhte wrætlicu wyrd,    þa ic þæt … Continue reading Logophagy