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Runic Dictionary

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Sigv Lv 23I l. 2

Hvíta — White


hvítr (adj.; °-an; -ari, -astr): white < Hvítakristr (noun m.)



[2] Hvíta-Kristr ‘White-Christ’: The only other skaldic occurrence of this name for Christ is Þdís SaintIII; for other examples, see CVC: hvítr B. II. 1. In medieval Celtic texts, Christ is often called ‘white’, since the words for ‘white’ (Irish bán, Welsh gwyn) also mean ‘holy’, and this may be the origin of the Norse usage. Alternatively, ‘white’ may arise from the wearing of white baptismal garments by converts.



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