hēaðu-sigel, m.n: the sun (lit. sea-sun, perhaps from seeing the sunrise or set over the sea). (HAY-ah-thuh-SI-yell)
wǣg-bora, m.n: a wave-bearer, a creature that lives beneath the waves. (WAγ-BO-ra)
A variety of fish swimming onto the page of a bestiary. Northern France, 13th century. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, lat. 6838B, f. 39r. [visualiseur.bnf.fr]
regnig, adj: rainy. (RAIN-eeγ)
Inferno, Canto VI, in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Northern Italy (Genoa?), third quarter of 14th century. Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham misc. 48, p. 9. [bodley.ox.ac.uk]
wār, n.n: seaweed; sand, strand. (WAHR)
sǣ-fōr, f.n: a journey by sea, a voyage. (SA-vor)
Alexander the Great inside a glass barrel lit by two oil lamps. Miniature from
Histoire du bon roi Alexandre. France, 14th century. [pinterest.co.uk]
flōd-wudu, m.n: flood-wood, a ship. (FLOAD-wuh-duh)
sǣ-ælfen, f.n: a sea-elf, sea-nymph. (SA-al-ven)
The Rutland Psalter. England, c. 1260. British Library, Add MS 62925, f. 57r.
sǣ-burh, f.n: a maritime town. (SÆ-burh)
A man riding on a donkey, head in hand, across a bridge, as a personification of Idleness (Peresse). The Dunois Hours. Central France (Paris), c. 1440 – c. 1450 (after 1436). British Library, Yates Thompson 3, f. 162r.
wæter-sēaþ, m.n: a water-pit, well, reservoir. [WÆ-ter-SAY-ath]
This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is on sea-candles. Read it on Patreon .
Medieval water well at the Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo by Urek Meniashvili on Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0.
mere-candel, f.n: the “sea-candle”, a kenning (metaphor) for the sun, a light that rises from or sets in the sea. [MAY-ray-KAHN-dell]