wīd-wegas, m.n(pl): distant regions, regions lying far and wide. (“weed-way-gahs”)
The Map Psalter. England (S.E.? – London/Westminster?), 1262-1300. British Library, Add MS 28681, f. 9r. [bl.uk]
wæflian, wk.v: to talk foolishly. (“waff-lee-on”)
gafol-fisc, m.n: fish paid as toll or tribute. (“gav-ol-feesh”)
Fishing lamprey. Illustration from a 15th-century edition of Tacuinum Sanitatis, a medieval handbook mainly on health, based on the Taqwīm as‑siḥḥah (Maintenance of Health), an 11th-century Arab medical treatise by Ibn Butlan of Baghdad. [commons.wikimedia.org]
snāw-ceald, adj: snow-cold, cold as snow. (“snaw-chay-ald”)
January (c. 1405-1410). Fresco at Castello Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy. [sarahpeverley.com]
gremetunc, f.n: a raging, roaring, murmuring. (“gray-may-toonk”)
frēond-spēdig, adj: rich in friends. (“fray-ond-spay-dee”)
ān-floga, m.n: lone flier. (“on-flow-gah”)
Read Fran Allfrey‘s post about the ān-floga on the Medieval Comics blog.
Learn some wintry words in this week’s Wordhord Wednesday post on Patreon.
wæfer-gange, f.n: a spider (lit. walker-weaver). (“wa-ver-gong-eh”)
See the new spider post on Dēor-hord, a medieval and modern bestiary!
A six-legged spider spins a web. Jacob van Maerlant’s Der Naturen Bloeme. Flanders, c. 1350. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, fol. 130r. [manuscripts.kb.nl]
hyge-þrymm, m.n: strength of heart or mind. (“huh-yeh-thrum”)
This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post: What makes a good leader (according to Hrothgar).
frēond-lufu, f.n: friendly love, friendship, love, intimacy. (“fray-ond-loo-voo”)
Bestiary. England, second quarter of the 13th century. Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 764, f. 73r. [bodley30.bodley.ox.ac.uk]