the scribe's 'a' varies little in construction though the upper and lower lobes may vary in size.
the scribe's graph size is inconsistent.
occasionally the upper lobe is flattened and appears more of a triangular shape.
the scribe's 'd' generally has a rounded lobe and oval loop.
very occasionally the lower lobe is more square. The scribe does not appear to put tags on final d's.
as well as this more individual version, the scribe also uses an enlarged form of lower case 'd' as representative of upper case.
double compartment 'g' with slight overhang to the right of the lower lobe.
the extension to the right from the middle of the upper lobe is tagged here, perhaps because it is the final letter of the word.
the lower compartments are slightly further advanced than the upper lobes giving the graph the appearance of a slight lean backwards.
a simple form of upper case 'G'.
a neatly executed letter with little variation. The looped head is triangular and the tail usually loops back from a point below the stem.
this may be the scribe's upper case graph which is the same as the lower case. Where it is possible to tell, the names for other shires use the upper case version of the letters.
long 'r' is used in all positions except after 'o'. There is an approach stroke and in initial position, the fork of the letter is at or just below the lower level of following graphs.
'r' in final position with fork well below the level of the previous letter. There is a slight upward tilt at the end of the shoulder.
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o'. An otiose stroke descends in a curl from the lower left of the graph.
upper case 'R'.
Usage: som tyme
both long 's' and sigma 's' are used in initial positions. Sigma 's' is also used frequently in final position.
a rather jerky form of 8-shaped 's' is used in final position.
long 's' is used in medial and final positions.
upper case 'S' of the same form as lower case sigma 's'.
there is very little difference in the formation of 'w' with straight left limb, looped at the top, a looped top to the middle arm with 'B' shaped element to the right.
some of the scribe's 'w's look a little straggly.
a taller thinner graph in the middle of a word.
there is no difference in the shape of the upper and lower case graph. Here the letter is slightly bigger than following letters.
'y' always has a rather tortured look. The two limbs are often parallel and the tail squares off the space between the two limbs before curling round counter-clockwise to form the tail.
in this example the right limb is more curved than usual.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is used frequently for all definite articles, demonstratives, pronouns etc. It is also used for present tense verb endings. The stem tilts slightly.
here thorn replaces 'th'. This is not always the case but the scribe may use thorn rather than 'th'.
yogh is used as equivalent of 'y' as well as occasionally 'gh'.
yogh is also used as equivalent to the 'tz' sound of the plural.
|Some Upper Case Letters|
the scribe has two variants of ampersand.
on some folios, final 's' appears in this form with extended head-stroke which curls up at the end.
the final s.