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An unusual feature of L is that it contains 101 Riddles, as opposed to the 100 found in Ehwald's edition and most manuscripts. This "extra" riddle was created by a gloss that became a title. The Riddle "De fama" (98) was originally part of the Riddle "De nocte" (97). This is how Ehwald prints it, and also how it appears in 12 manuscripts (T, K, P2, V1, R, P1, B1, U1, P3, E, L1, G). In four manuscripts there is a gloss identifying the sister of night as fame: P5 P4 V2 S2 Ingrediturque: i. fama (f.
Anglo-Saxon England 14 (1985): 153-174. 49 Wieland, The Latin Glosses, pp. 2-3. 50 Lapidge, "The Evidence of the Latin Glosses," p. 125. , pp. 126-127. , p. 101; Wieland, The Latin Glosses, p. 192. 48 E. LEXICAL GLOSSES vernacular glosses. In the two manuscripts containing Old High German glosses (S1 and S2) we find that the Latin glosses outnumber the Old High German glosses and that the vernacular glosses are chiefly on difficult words with no readily available Latin synonyms (especially on the titles of the Riddles).
46 E. LEXICAL GLOSSES they provide a semantically equivalent phrase (or sentence) for a lemma of more than one word (another phrase or sentence). Wieland says that paraphrase was elevated to an "art form" among Anglo-Latin writers; he cites Aldhelm's De laude virginitatis in both prose and verse and Bede's Life of Cuthbert, also in prose and verse. "42 This is the sort of exercise that could easily have been done on wax tablets. The scant number of paraphrase glosses in L suggests that paraphrasing was either done on wax tablets (and hence has not survived) or that Aldhelm's Riddles was not a popular text for paraphrasing.
Through a gloss darkly: Aldhelm's riddles in the British Library ms. Royal 12.C.xxiii, Volumes 98-99 by Nancy Porter Stork, Saint Aldhelm