hwæles ēðel

hwæles ēðel (kenning): whale’s home, i.e. the sea. (“HWÆL-ess AY-thell”)

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Yunus (Jonah) and the whale, from Rashid al-Din’s Jami al-tawarikh (The Collection of Histories). Iran (Tabriz), c. 1314. University of Edinburgh Special Collections, MS 20, f. 23v. [collections.ed.ac.uk]

For more on medieval whales, check out my other blog, Dēor-hord, the medieval and modern bestiary!

hēafod-gim

hēafod-gim, m.n: jewel of the head, i.e. the eye.

Diagram of the seven tunics and three humours of the eye, with parts of the head.

Diagram of the seven tunics and three humours of the eye, with parts of the head. 

Image: Illustration from a medical miscellany that includes the ‘book of Macharias on the eye called Salaracer or secret of secrets’; British Library, MS Sloane 981 (fol. 68r). England; last quarter of the 14th or first quarter of the 15th century.