seld-guma
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
seld-guma
an ; m. A hall-man, one who has a place in a lord's hall, a retainer Nǽfre ic máran geseah eorl ofer eorþan ðonne is eówer sum . . . nis ðæt seldguma (he is no mere retainer. Grein translates 'vir qui semper in domo manet.' Heyne says 'seldguma ist hier offenbar der gemeine Mann, der nur ein seld besitzt, im Gegensatz zu dem edeln, der einen hof zu eigen hat.' But seld is used of royal residences, so that Bugge's explanation seems better, 'en mand som holder til en hövdings sal, en mand som er traadt i en hövdings tjeneste'), Beo. Th. 504 ; B. 249. Cf. sele-secg.
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