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Re: Werewolf

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, September 22, 2006, 21:15

Benct Philip Jonsson writes:
>... > As it happens _ulf(s)hamr_ and _vera í ulf(s)hami_ '(to be in) > wolfs-shape' is the more usual expression in Old Norse. Indeed it > seems _varulfr_ is not attested in ON! This may or may not affect > your decision WRT Þrjótrunn. Anyway it clearly implies a man in > wolf-shape rather than a wolf in man-shape. >...
Hmhm. I could indeed think about borrowing or influence on compound order. This is hard to decide, I don't know what could have happened. I quite like my current 'hömnilupur'. But if you have hints that 'ulfshamr' was in frequent use when Latin came and if that lacked a (colloquial) word for it at that time, then I think I should consider an influence. Either a loan or structural influence, e.g. '*lupiformis'? **Henrik