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Leton him behindan hraw bryttigean, salowigpadan, þone sweartan HRÆFN hyrnednebban, ond þone hasupadan EARN ... ond þæt græge deor, WULF on wealde ...
---- Battle of Brunnanburh 973 AD.
"They left behind, to divide the slain, darkvested black Raven, horn-faced, and the greyvested Eagle ... and that grizzled beast, Wolf, from the wildwood ..."


A magazine of surname studies, literature, heraldry and general topics, mostly in English and edited by Joseph Biddulph.

HRAFNHOH, adapted from Anglo-Saxon HRÆFN, a raven, and HOH, a hill-spur, comes from the original form of RAINOW HILL near CONGLETON, at the edge of BIDDULPH parish, Staffordshire. A study of the surname and place of Biddulph and the origin of surnames and of placenames was the starting point of this fascinating compilation of bygones and origins, heraldic and hereditary bits and pieces, combined with measured poetry and reviews, social comment, philosophy, and erudite meanderings. In its own rather miscellaneous way, `Hrafnhoh' is a magazine dedicated to the intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual development of its readers: almost denomination-blind, it encourages an appreciation of authentic Christianity in its many manifestations: for instance, issues have alluded to Primitive Methodist history, monasticism, and Biblical study. It rejoices in those subjects forgotten or rejected by other publishing ventures: for instance, `Hrafnhoh' advocates the use of traditional verse metres it collects and expounds examples of heraldry from many places, matching wherever possible an illustration with a written description or `blazon'. Useful have been an item on unusual English surnames, on the little-known native Welsh heraldry, an explanation of runes, or `coelbren y beirdd' the Welsh runes, the following-up of African ancestry, and the space given to tuneful and pleasure-making modern poets who avoid the trivial peroccupations of other literary magazines. `Hrafnhoh' is free of obscenities, and can safely be put in the hands of young people: it follows the byways of ancestry that can make a person whole, yet is not shy of fundamental issues that affect everyone. It is sensitive to the feelings of all nations and cultures, particularly those misunderstood and despised, and often gives helpful advice for those who wish to learn more about them. Produced in Wales, it is aimed at those who use English as a medium, wherever they are, and can be sent by post to any address in the world.


It is the new Africana supplement to the magazine HRAFNHOH, dealing with the languages, social, economic, religious and cultural life of Africa and its Diaspora. On its first appearance, it told of how Irish cows are flown to Uganda to be fed on elephant grass, sought old Methodist friends from Kafue, Zambia, and connected a Bantu tongue with Cwm Rhondda, as well as glimpsing the extraordinary Tiv language of Nigeria.

As inquisitive and miscellaneous as the main magazine, BLACK EAGLE makes a fascinating addition to HRAFNHOH heraldry and old language, poetry and philosophy and surname studies, and much more. It consciously chooses topics that are unlikely to appear elsewhere, and positively invites the participation of its erudite and varied worldwide readership.

HRAFNHOH, with its BLACK EAGLE inset, appears at irregular intervals, and can be posted to you at any address in the world.

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