hearga, m.n: a place sacred to a god, with an idol and an altar; a temple, fane; an idol. (HAY-ar-ga)


Antiochus IV, crowned, with joined hands raised, kneels with two men, partially visible, before draped altar on which sits horned idol. Abrégé des histoires divines. France (possibly Amiens), between 1300 and 1310. New York, Morgan Library, MS M.751, f. 29v. [ica.themorgan.org]


Sweotolung-dæg, m.n: Epiphany (lit. ‘manifestation day’). [SWAY-oh-toh-lung-DÆγ]

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Adoration of the Magi, with female saints in niches: the Virgin Mary crowned with a lily-sceptre; St Clare (?) with a book; St Catherine with her wheel; St Margaret with a long cross and a dragon; a female saint with no emblem; and St Mary Magdalene with her pot of ointment). The Queen Mary Psalter. England, 1310-1320. British Library, Royal MS 2 B VII, f. 112v. [bl.uk]


ymbren-dæg, m.n: an Ember-day (the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between the third and fourth Sundays of Advent). There are four separate sets of Ember-days throughout the year on western Christian church calendars. These are days for fasting, abstinence and prayer. [IM-bren-DÆγ]

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is about the etymology of Ember-days. Read it on Patreon.