heolfor

heolfor, n.n: blood, gore. (HEH-ol-vor / ˈhɛɔl-vɔr)

Medieval manuscript illustration of a a man raising a jawbone over his head, grasping the arm of a man who lies on the ground before him, blood spilling from his head onto some kind of plant.
Cain killing Abel in the Old English Hexateuch; England (Canterbury), 11th century; British Library, Cotton MS Claudius B IV, f. 8v. [bl.uk]

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