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 ?
From: Yoshi's Island | Registered: Apr 2007
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From Clark Hall (A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary):
quote: 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.