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Inc'
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Hey everyone,

this is actually a question from a friend of mine.

In HoMe IV, Tolkien gives Maedhros the name Winsterhand, and apparently Christopher Tolkien says that it is supposed to mean "left-handed" in old English. However, my friend cannot find anything that would confirm this translation anywhere.

Any idea from you English speakers ? []

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There's this:
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O40-Winster.html


quote:
Winster Cumbria. Winster 13th cent. Named from the River Winster, a Celtic river-name meaning ‘white stream’ or an OScand. river-name meaning ‘the left one’.

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In Norwegian, 'left' is 'venstre'.
The Norwegian word for "left-handed" is "venstrehendt".

[ 12-12-2009, 04:57 PM: Message edited by: Varnafindë ]

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Which probably derives from Old Norse, to which Old English is akin.
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In some Norwegian dialects, "my left hand" would be "mi vinstre hand".
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From Clark Hall (A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary):

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winstre adj. left (...) II left hand
I find the other Anglo-Saxon name for Maedros interesting, meaning 'Daybreak, dawn'. Christopher Tolkien wonders if it connects to Maedros' hair, despite the idea of his 'copper-top' appearing in a much later text.

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