hǫrgr

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *harugaz (sanctuary, cairn, grove). Cognate with Old English hearg, hearga, Old High German harug, haruc, haruch. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱarǝk- (fenced or enclosed area).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈhɒrɣr̩/

Noun[edit]

hǫrgr m (genitive hǫrgs, plural hǫrgar)

  1. (Heathenry) a sanctuary, cairn, altar
    • Hyndluljóð, verse 10, lines 1-2, in 1860, T. Möbius, Edda Sæmundar hins fróða: mit einem Anhang zum Theil bisher ungedruckter Gedichte. Leipzig, page 83:
      Hörg hann mér gerði / hlaðinn steinum, []
      For me a cairn / of stones he made, []

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References[edit]

  • hǫrgr in An Icelandic-English Dictionary, R. Cleasby and G. Vigfússon, Clarendon Press, 1874, at Internet Archive.
  • hǫrgr in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.