wíg-heafola
Verb Class: Uncertain
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wíg-heafola
(?) [Hé] wód þurh ðone wælréc wíg[hea]folan bær freán on fultum. Beo. Th. 5316; B. 2661. Hea is the reading of Thorkelin's transcripts, but now the MS. shews only quite uncertain traces of h, and ea is entirely gone (Zupitza). Wíg-heafola is taken to mean a helmet by some editors: Grein suggests wígneafolan = umbonem bellicum i. e. clypeum. Could the reading be wígneafolan ? Cf. Icel vígr in fighting state, serviceable for fighting, and afli strength; so that the passage would mean he had or brought strength that might serve to help his lord in battle.
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