Ogham (O-am)

Lost language of the Irish and Picts

According to most scholars, Ogham is an ancient language, used by the Celts and Picts, from the fourth to tenth centuries CE. This ideology is contested by a few scholars who believe the language is actually far older and is from the fourth century BCE. The ending dates are usually agreed upon by all involved.   Ogham is usually read bottom to top, left to right; that is, if it is not inscribed on a stone. When inscribed on stone it reads from the bottom left around the edge to the bottom right.   Each letter has an association with a different tree (see alphabet for more details).    

Common Phrases:

bi dilis duit fein
be true to yourself
ta me i ngra leat
I love you
gra mo chroi
love of my heart
is tu mo rogha
you are my chosen one
inar gcroi go deo
forever in our hearts
ceart dom ceart duit
live and let live
neart agus onoir
strength and honor
a chuisle mo chroi
pulse of my heart
nil aon tintean mar do thintean fein
home is where the heart is
ni thugann aon rud ach seal
nothing lasts forever
 

History:

  Ogham was used by the Celtic tribes, from before the time of the Roman invasion until the Norman invasion. Though there are very few people who know how to read it, Ogham has had a resurgence in popularity with the return of magic. In 2174 there were a total of seventy-five scholars who could read Ogham. This was due to an extensive study of anthropology and ancient languages.   With the return of magic, Ogham became a favoured script to pass messages in. This was on the off chance that someone from the religious sect happened to get a hold of it.


Writing System

aicme b (first aicme)
B
L
F
S
N
aicme h (second aicme)
H
D
T
C
Q
aicme m (third aicme)
M
G
P
Z
R
aicme a (fourth aicme)
A
O
U
E
I
aicme b (first aicme)
B Beith (b)
L Luis (l)
F Fearn (v)
S Saille (s)
N Nion (n)
  aicme h (second aicme)
H Huath (y)
D Duir (d)
T Tinne (t)
C Coll (k)
Q Quert (kw)
  aicme m (third aicme)
M Muin (m)
G Gort (g)
P Ngétal (gw)
Z Straif (sw/ts)
R Ruis (r)
  aicme a (fourth aicme)
A Ailm (a)
O Onn (o)
U Úr (u)
E Eadhah (e)
I Iodhadh (i)
aicme b (first aicme)
Birch
Rowan
Alder
Willow
Ash
  aicme h (second aicme)
Hawthorn
Oak
Holly
Hazel
Apple
  aicme m (third aicme)
Vine
Ivy
Reed
Blackthorn
Elder
  aicme a (fourth aicme)
White fir
Gorse
Heather
Poplar
Yew

Vocabulary

Dictionary of sorts:

a do two
  aibhneacha rivers
  aintin aunt
  athair father
  capaill horses
  ceathrar four
  crainn trees
  crann tree
  dearthair brother
  deirfiur sister
  foraoise forest
  forsa force
  forsai forces
  iolair eagles
  lamh hand
  lamha hands
  loch lake
  lochanna lakes
  seabhaic hawks
  sicini chickens
  sruthan stream
  sruthanna streams
  triur three
  ull apple
  0 0
  1 1
  2 2
  3 3
 
4 4
  5 5
  6 6
  7 7
  8 8
  9 9
  abhainn river
  ag deanamh doing
  ait where
  ata are
  b'fheidir maybe
  ba cows
  bhaile home
  bheith be
  bo cow
  cad what
  cait KAY , cats
  capall horse
  cat cat
  cathain when
  ce whom
  cead hundred
  ceann one
  cen fath why
  chol dove
  cuig five
  dheanamh do
  e it
eds who
  faoi about
  feadfaidh may
  feidir can
  foscadh shelter
  gra love
  iolar eagle
  laoch warrior
  madra ma-DRA , dog
  madrai ma-DRAI , dogs
  Mathair mother
  mhor more , grand
  mile thousand
  mo my
  nil no
  sea yes
  seabhac hawk
  seanathair shaw-NA-air , grandfather
  seanmhathair shawn-MA-air , grandmother
  sicin si- CHEN , chicken
  soal life
  teallach hearth
  tu you
  uncail uncle


Comments

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14 Jul, 2021 09:07

Interesting, did you use or do you want Tom Scott's Video on this Language?

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William Belley
14 Jul, 2021 18:44

Feels shocking to find people managed to write a own language in such a few time for my prompt. i'm impressed ! Did the language merged into something new or was it dropped totally because of geopolitical events ?   Happy summercamp!

15 Jul, 2021 00:49

It was originally an ancient language in the "real" world which I have been studying for a while and so I figured I would use it. The biggest thing is that the phrases are in the original Irish Gaelic, translated to both English and Ogham. There will still be more to come in the article. And the geopolitical environment has increased it usage.

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