wīgspēda gewiofu. As the context shows, the conception of the 'weaving' of destiny (by the Parcae, Noins, Valkyrias, cf. Grimm D.M. 343 ff. (414 ff.), W. Grimm L 4.673.435, Kemble L 9.1. i 401, Mogk, P. Grdr.2 iii 271) has become a mere figure of speech. See Rim. Poem 70: mē pæt wyrd gewæf, Guðl. 1325: wefen wyrdstafum. [Njálssaga, ch. 157.29: poem on 'the woof of war.']
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