Norþan wind heaþogrim and hwearf
a wind from the north deadly fierce and whirling in eddies,
- Beo. Th. 1100; B. 548.
- Thorpe, Kemble, Heyne read andhwearf = came against [us]; Grein takes and hwearf, and compares Icel. hverfr shifty. The word may describe a strong wind often shifting its direction and whirling round with violent gusts. Cf. ge-hweorf; hwerf-líc.
Turning about, shifting, veering, changeable
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- hwearf, adj.