heáfod-segn
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
heáfod-segn
es; m. An ensign having a head (not a flag ?) Hét þá in beran eafor heáfodsegn, . . . helm, herebyrnan, gúðsweord, B. 2152-4. These are the ' feówer maðmas' (l. 1027), given to Beowulf by Hrothgar, of which the first is elsewhere (1021-2) described as 'segen gyldenne, hroden hiltecumbor'. It would seem, then, to have been an ensign, which had at the head of its shaft (hilte ) the figure of a boar. Perhaps the poet of the Exodus had the same kind of ensign in mind where he says that the tribe of Judah, ''
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