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Runic Dictionary

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ÞjóðA Sex 19II l. 8

hǫfuð — The head

lemma:

hǫfuð (noun n.; °-s; -): head

readings:

[8] hǫfuð: ‘haufdu’ Hr

notes:

[6, 8] hǫfuð svinns þengils ‘the head of the prudent lord’: A reference to the monarch, Haraldr. For further examples of hǫfuð standing for the whole person, see LP: hǫfuð 2. Meanwhile, since Haraldr gained a reputation for strategy and cunning, reference to his head, and the adj. svinnr ‘prudent’, are particularly appropriate.

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