And no language delights more in compounds, so none (not even Greek) is more felicitous in them than Anglo-Saxon, so that it is in the habit of expressing every kind of condition and consideration without obscurity by its unions of terms clearly and elegantly. Even those who have only a beginner's knowledge of Anglo-Saxon will notice expressive elegance of these Compounds, not without great delight.
Here are a Few Examples :
Names used by Caedmon of the Ark of Noah playing with their variety.
Mere-hus = sea-house
Mere-cieste = sea-ark
Wudu-faesten = wooden fortress
Sund-reced = sea-hall
Waeg-bord = tent on the waves
It is to be observed that the first word in noun compounds……… has the nature of an Adjective.
By George Hickes 1642-1715 : From English Examined : Page 56