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Note to ÞGísl Búdr 2I

[3] vǫllum hefils ‘the plains of the clew-line [SEA]’: Hefill m., related to hefja ‘to lift’ (AEW: hefill), refers to tackle attached to the lower edge or clew of a sail and used in furling it (Falk 1912, 67-8).


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. Falk, Hjalmar. 1912. Altnordisches Seewesen. Wörter und Sachen 4. Heidelberg: Winter.


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