The Anglo Saxons spoke Germanic languages and were not very good at reading and writing. Instead They used symbols called runes. Whereas the Britains who were pushed westward understood the Roman language of Latin and could read and write.
This is freakin' AWESOME! Mjolnir with the wolves Fenrir (son of Loki - will slay Odin at Ragnarok), Skol (chases the chariot that pulls the sun across the sky), and Hati (chases the moon). My inner Norse mythology geek is showing again, huh?