Gaulish love poem


᚛ᚔᚅ ᚄᚉᚐᚈᚐᚅᚃ ᚇᚓᚂᚃᚐ ᚈᚑᚃᚐ᚜

᚛ᚓᚄᚄᚔ ᚃᚓᚏᚑᚃᚐ ᚉᚓᚏᚇᚔ ᚋᚑᚃᚐ᚜

᚛ᚋᚐ ᚁᚂᚐᚇᚔᚓᚈ ᚋᚑ ᚄᚃ ᚓᚅᚉᚃ᚜

᚛ᚓᚄᚄᚔᚔ ᚋᚑᚃ ᚐᚅᚈᚔᚑᚅ ᚈᚓ ᚂᚒᚁᚔᚃ᚜

Attempt to translate the poem into Gaulish (thanks to Matrix)






With intonation

In scâtânû delwâ towâ
Etsi werowâ cerdî mowâ.
Mâ bladiet, moxsu encû,
Etsi-i mou antion "te lubiû".

In the mirror, image of you
It's the best poem mine
But it disappears, "come soon"
This is my last i love you

Explanation :

scáth - shade, shadow
scadarc - mirror
scátháin - mirror (
mirror - scâtânon (from scátháin)

Uerovos = superlatif de Dagos = good

Poem = canivâtus = Welsh ceinwawd but Cerdd-/Cerdi = lyrical composition poem

But = extos Old irish. Act, acht and too Old irish má = si

fast = âxsus: diligence, speed, effectiveness, efficiency [Welsh awch]

encet ancon –i mo: to come = Old irish. R-icc, t-icc; air-ec,
moxsu: (adv) soon

vanish = bladion (n io) = murder destruction
antios (io): last

This is of course just a little fun, the Gaulish, have just left a few traces of their language,
Since for religious reasons they did not write!.
Original version
Poem the mirror


Translation into Gaulish (French celtic), the language of the early bards. Its just an attempt to translate the poem, with the ogham writing. Note these french words whose origin is Gaulish: bercer, briser, changer, craindre, glaner, valet, vassal, talus, chemin , dune, quai, bruyère, chêne, if, sapin, alouette, bouc, lotte, mouton, bec, orteil, chemin, crème, tonneau! cf Claude Hagège. On the map you will see the Gaulish language point to the village of Gergovie, near the plateau of the same name, made famous by Vercingetorix.

If they called themselves Celts, it is the Romans who called them Gaulish, a word which will end up designating the Celts living in Gaul.

The Celts settle in Gaul in -500. The conquest of Gaul by the Romans, which ends in -52, will be the beginning of the Romanization. The Gauls, composed of peoples of oral tradition, adopt the Roman way of life. Latin becomes the language of the elite. In 212, the edict of Caracalla making Gauls Roman citizens, sign the death sentence of their language, which will disappear completely in the 5th century, with the arrival of the Franks.


Most of the inscriptions noted in ogham writing, were found in Great Britain, engraved on stone or wood. These are just brief funeral inscriptions with a magical character that should be for the use of druids. We can understand this alphabet which must date from the 3rd century, because, in Wales, it has been found doubled with latin letters. The consonants are represented by notches more or less numerous and on one side or both of the edge of a stone ... it is therefore the number and the location of these notches which designates them. For the vowels, the notches are much smaller and on the edge of the stone.

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Poem translated into gaulish (482 idioms)