Þe Fare of Hanno

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The Periplus of Hanno is an account of a Carthaginian who sailed along the coast of West Africa. You can read a normal English version here or here.

The Writ

Foreƿord Abute eigt hundred geres before þe Englisc landed in Britten, a great scipfare ƿas undergone bi Hanno of Cartain. Hanno ƿent ƿest þen suðe along þe score of Africk bringing sixtie scips, eac ƿið fiftie oars. Þis is hƿat happened and hƿat he saƿ.

Deal I After faring bi þe Sƿeers of Þunder, Hanno and his fleet sagled tƿo dags þen stelled a tune called Thymiaterium on a great ƿong, for þe fleet had brougt leeds for settelling. Þe fleet kept sagling ƿest and came to Solois, a ƿoodie headland in Libya, and þere set up a ƿeefed to þe god of þe sea. Þeg ƿent east and came to a marsc ƿið tall reeds in hƿic lifed elps and oðer deer. After anoðer dag of sagling þeg stelled more tunes hƿic þeg named Caricus Murus, Gytta, Acra, Melitta, and Arambys. Þen þeg came to a great ea called Lix, hƿere þeg met and befriended men called þe Lixmen hƿo ƿere leasoƿing þeger herds. Abuf þe Lixmen ƿere unfriendlie Silers hƿo lifed in a land full of ƿild deer and ƿere scut off by barroƿs frum hƿic þe Lixmen saged þe Lix floƿs from. Þe Lixmen spoke of a nearbi folk hƿo lifed in þe scrafes of barroƿs, and hƿo ƿere sƿifter þan horses. Hanno took some Lixmen to be þe fleet's ƿalstods þen sagled tƿelf dags suðe along a ƿeasten before ƿending east agagn for a dag. At þat time þeg fund an iland ƿiðin a bigt and settelled it, calling it Cerne, hƿic þeg reckoned ƿas as far from þe Sƿeers of Þunder as þose sƿeers are from Cartain.

Deal II Next þeg fund anoðer great ea, þis one called Chretes. Þeg fund þree ilands bigger þan Cerne, and after anoðer deg sagling fund tall barroƿs and ƿild men hƿo ƿore þe fells of deer, and hƿo þreƿ stones at þe Cartainers, hƿic kept þe fleet from landing. Going onƿard, anoðer ea ƿas fund, þis one ƿas full broad and full of seahinxes and great ƿurms. Þe fleet ƿent back to Cerne for a time, þen took back up þe fare, heading suðe for tƿelf dags along þe score, on hƿic lifed Silers hƿo fled from þe Cartainers, and hƿose tung þe Lixmen did not knoƿ. Next þe fleet came upon a land ƿiþ great barroƿs full of soot trees, and sagling abute þese barroƿs for tƿo dags þeg came to a bigg opening. On egðer side of þis opening þe land ƿas flat, and at nigt þe Cartainers culd see fires leaping up at sundrie facks. Fife dags þense þeg came to a bigt hƿic þe Lixmen called þe Horn of þe Ƿest. It ƿas here þe fleet fund a great iland and landed. Þere ƿas noþing but endless ƿoods on þis iland, and at nigt manie fires culd be seen, and drums eke hƿistels eke uproar culd be heard. All of þis frigtened þe Cartainers, and þeger sooðsagers bade þeg leaf þe iland.

Deal III Next þeg came to a burning land full of reek. Molten stone leaked dune from þe score to þe ƿater, and þe land ƿas too hot to make landing. Þe fleet cƿickened itself ute of fear, so þat it ƿuld sooner fare bi þis stead. After four dags þeg saƿ þe land ablase in get more fire. In one spot þere ƿas a brand greater þan þe oþers hƿic seemed as þoug it strecced all þe ƿag to þe stars. Hƿen dag came it ƿas seen þat þis brand ƿas insooð a great barroƿ called þe Crat of þe Gods. Þe fleet sagled bi þese firie lands for þree more dags until þeg came to a bigt called þe Horn of þe Suðe. Here þeg fund an iland ƿið hearie men þe ƿalstods called Gorillai hƿo fled from þem bi climbing trees and þroƿing stones. Þree Gorillai ƿumen ƿere fanged but þeg did muc biting and skraccing so þeg ƿere killed and flaged. Here þe fleet hƿarfed and ƿent back to Cartain, for þeg had run ute of ferking.