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Runic Dictionary

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Anon Óldr 28I l. 3

hæsta — the highest


3. hár (adj.; °-van; compar. hǽrri, superl. hǽstr): high


[3] hæsta: ‘hesti’ Bb


[3] hæsta ‘the highest’: Ms. ‘hesti’ appears to be the weak m. nom. sg. form of the sup. adj. hæstr ‘highest’ (the dat. sg. of hestr m. ‘horse’ can be discounted). As such there is no noun in the helmingr that it can modify, so emendation is necessary. The syntactic parallelism with stað bjartan ‘illustrious place’ suggests it should be taken with hlíf f. acc. sg. ‘protection’.



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