smiþ-cræft, m.n: smith-craft, the craft or art of the worker in metal or wood. [SMITH-KRÆFT]
The legend of Sigurd from the Norse Edda: Regin (Sigurd’s foster father) and his helper forge a sword on an anvil. Wood panel from a church in Setesdal, Norway, 12th century. [hicockalorum.tumblr.com]
māl-sweord, n.n: a sword with inlaid ornament. [MALL-SWEH-ord]
Viking sword, 800-900; pattern-welded iron inlaid with silver wire. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Neil R (@IslesPunkFan), 2010: CC BY-NC 2.0. [flickr.com]
singan, str.v: to sing, recite, relate musically or in verse; to compose verse, narrate; to sing about, recite or compose a poem about something. [SING-ahn]
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ǣfen-scēop, m.n: an evening bard. [Æ-ven-SHAY-op]
saltian, wk.v: to dance. [SALT-ee-ahn]
Le Roman de la Rose, by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung. France, 14th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 19156, f. 6v. [gallica.bnf.fr]
ac-lǣc-cræft, m.n: an evil art. [AK-læk-cræft]
gomen-wudu, m.n: pleasure-wood, glee-wood, a musical instrument, harp. [GO-men-WOO-doo]
Harp-playing cow in the initial N. Complete Latin Bible, with the prologues of Saint Jerome. 12th century. Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, MS 4, f. 155v. [gallica.bnf.fr]
dwol-cræft, m.n: foolish craft, magic. [DWOL-CRÆFT]
cræft-wyrc, n.n: workmanship. (“kraft-wurk”)
Today’s Wordhord Wednesday post is about the eall-isig star. Read it on Patreon.
Building the Tower of Babel, a good example of the medieval building process. Note the pulley system, driven by a man inside a wooden wheel that functions much like a treadmill. From the Morgan Picture Bible (a.k.a. the Crusader Bible, the Maciejowski Bible and the Shah ‘Abbas Bible). France (Paris), 1240s. New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, MS M.638. [ica.themorgan.org]
wād, n.n: woad (a plant much used for dyeing). (“wah-d”)
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Woad, a pigment made from the leaves of the plant Isatis tinctoria, or glastum (a.k.a. Asp of Jerusalem). [woad.org.uk]