OE feolheard and OE irenheard: two hapax legomena reconsidered

Hough, C. (2000) OE feolheard and OE irenheard: two hapax legomena reconsidered. Neophilologus, 84(1), pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.1023/A:1004672418365)

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The unique compound feolheard in The Battle of Maldon line 108b has been variously interpreted as lsquohardened by the filersquo or lsquoas hard as a filersquo. The former would correspond to a well-evidenced pattern of word-formation in Old English, whereas the latter would represent a type unparalleled in the known corpus. Comparison with other Old English compounds in -heard strongly supports the interpretation lsquohardened by the filersquo, and also suggests that the unique compound irenheard in Beowulf line 1112a should be taken to mean not lsquoas hard as ironrsquo but lsquohardened by the swordrsquo.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Neophilologus
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN (Online):1572-8668
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