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Maybe we are closer than we think to an answer
« on: July 04, 2013, 09:30:30 PM »
STEP I (this is the  frustrating pig pen "gibberish" we have so far, courtesy of Nick Pelling's site)

BLTACEIARWUNISNFNNELLHSYWYDUO
INIEYARQATNNTEDMINUNEHOMSYRRYUO
TOEHO’TSHGDOTNEHMOSALDOEADYA

STEP II (putting the letters in a fixed width font so the are easier to deal with)

B L T A C E I A R W U N I S N F N N E L L H S Y W Y D U O
I N I E Y A R Q A T N N T E D M I N U N E H O M S Y R R Y U O
T O E H O ' S S H G D O T N E H M O S A L D O E A D Y A

STEP III (assuming they may be read vertically, top to bottom then bottom to top, left to right)


B     L T     A C    E I     A R     W U      N I     S N     F N     N E     L L
 I   N   I   E   Y  A   R   Q   A   T   N   N    T   E   D   M   I   N   U   N   E
  T O     E H     O'     S S     H G     D O      T N     E H     M O     S A     L


     H S     Y W     Y D     U
    H   O   M   S   Y   R   R   Y U O
...D     O E     A D     Y A


STEP IV(rewriting the letters in the new arrangement)


B I T O N L T I E H E A C Y O' A E R I S S Q A R A H G T W U N D O N N I T T N E S N D E H M F N I M O N N E U S A N L L E L D H H S O O E M Y W S A D Y Y D R Y A R U O H U O

STEP V(what I have so far)

"B (I)*-TON L TIE HE AC (TH)**O (AERIS)*** SQ (ARA)**** .  . . ."

*"I" may be the Roman Numeral "One", in which case the pronunciation of the first part would be "B wanton L tie"
**"Y" = "TH" in Old English
***"ERIS" is the ancient Greek goddess of "discord", but "AERIS" is from the Norse for something else, as she was an Earth Goddess, I think. . .
****"ARA" is the Greek constellation of the "altar" where alliances were forged

Tentative translation so far:

"By wanton love tie he act though Aeris square altar . . ."


(Could this be a romance/marriage proposal that was dodged?)
« Last Edit: July 04, 2013, 09:32:46 PM by Cat »
How did that happen?

 


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