courtesy of www.staffordshirehoard.co.uk
The hoard's a stash of gold bits ripped off shields and swords and stuff. But there is this marvellous eagle and a fish, too.
This Anglo-Saxon eagle is on Eagle Sunday because I have great lashings of geek love for the Anglo-Saxons, and treasure hoards, and Old English. One of my favourite poems in Old English (yeah, I am that geeky) is called 'Maxims' and is a bossy laconic laying-down-the-law poem about how the world works, including the role of birds like our eagle here:
Fugel uppe sceal
lacan on lyfte.
Which roughly means 'The birds above must fly in the sky'.
The Anglo-Saxons are quite literal, to be sure, but they make a cool eagle.