sunn-ganges
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adverb
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sunn-ganges
adv. In the direction of the sun's movement, with the sun Wende ðé ðonne iii sunganges, Lchdm. i. 400, 10. Bebeóde hé hine Gode geornlíce and hine gesénige, cyrre hine sungonges ymb, ii. 116, 9. To move with the sun was considered lucky, to move in the reverse direction unlucky; the latter method is consequently taken by witches in their ceremonies. So Spenser, 'She turned her contrary to the sunne . . . for she the right did shunne.' Cf. Icel. sólar-sinnis with the sun :-- Þeir höfðu gengit sólarsinniss um goðahús, Droplaugarsona Saga 11, 4. At sólu prosperously; and-sælis against the course of the sun; mostly used of witches or uncanny appearances :-- Sá sauðamaðr Gró at hon gékk út, ok gékk andsælis um hus sín ok mælti erfitt mun verða at standa í mot giptu Ingimundarsona, Vatnsdæla Saga 59, 4. Cf. also Scotch witkershins, see the examples in Jamieson's Dictionary.
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