From: Lezlie <lezlie1@...
Sent: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 12:06:52 -0000
Subject: Re: More on Elwins, was: [mythsoc] Inklings quasi-sighting in UK politics
> No, it's the feminine form of the word "white" (the masculine form
is _(g)wyn_), which is often a part of personal names (it means
"blessed" or "fortunate" as well as "white"). You're thinking of
Ah--yes... it's -- ever so slowly -- coming back to me. Curious: How
does Guinevere become "white shadow"? Thanks, Lezlie
"Guinevere" is _Gwenhwyfar_: _gwen_ "white" (feminine, with original 'g' unlenited) + _hwyfar_ an otherwise unattested word that is nevertheless obviously s cognate of Irish _siabhra_ "apparition, phantom, fairy being".
I had a typo in my earlier post: "maiden" is _morwyn_ (from an earlier *_morigna_). _Morwen_ is actually a personal name, meaning "sea-white".
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