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qroqqa commented on the word sigaldry
She scorned him and she scoffed at him,
she laughed at him unpitying;
so long he studied wizardry
and sigaldry and smithying.
—J.R.R. Tolkien, Errantry
A Tolkien revival of an obsolete word for "enchantment, sorcery":
Sigaldrie, & false teolunges, leuunge on ore & of swefnes, & alle wichchecreftes.—Ancrene Riwle, c. 1225
Quede and harme he wil me spye,..Gef he wot of this sygaldrye That this trowes kan lye.—King Alisaunder, 1300s
Burye hym wher thy wil be, But look thou make no sigaldry To raise him up agayne.—Chester Play, c.1500
From sige "victory" + galdor "charm, enchantment" (< gal- "sing")
August 13, 2008
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