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Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0519, entry 12
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SEIÐR, m., gen. seiðar, dat. seiði; the fem, seið sina (sinn), Fms. ii. 136, and seiðit, Fas. iii. 319, are false forms :-- a spell, charm, enchantment, incantation, which in the heathen times was solemnly performed at night; the wizards or witches were seated with certain solemn rites on a scaffold (seiðhjallr), from which they chanted their spells and songs; the 'seidr' was performed either to work any kind of good or evil to another person, or to be a kind of oracle or fortune-telling, to foreshow future events, such as the life and fate of those present, the weather, or the like; of the evil kind is the charm in Gísl. l.c., Ld. 152; at seið, Hkr. i. 21; Ingjaldr ok völvan ætluðu til seiðar mikils um nóttina, Fas. ii. 507; Freyja kenndi fyrst með Ásum seið, 8; fremja seið, Þorf. Karl. 376; efla seið, Eg. 403, Fas. ii. 72; magna seið, Gísl. 116; konungr bað hann hætta seiði, Fms. i. 10: hón bað sér konur er kunnu fræði þat sem til seiðsins þarf, Þorf. Karl. 378; var þangat at heyra íll læti er þeir frömdu


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0520, entry 2
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seiðr, m. [Norse sei], the gadus virens, a kind of fish, L., Edda (Gl.),Lex. Poët.; hence the mod. seiði, a fry; vara-seiði, the fry or young of fish.


Source: Bosworth/Toller, page b0871, entry 10
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sidesa (?), sidsa, an ; m. A charm (?), magical influence (?) :--Wið ælfe and wið uncúþum sidsan, Lchdm. ii. 296, 10. [Cf. (?) Icel. síða to work a charm ; seiðr a spell, charm, enchantment.] Cf. ælf-siden.


Source: Bosworth/Toller, page d0015, entry 25
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ælf-siden. Add:--Þeós sealf is gód wiþ lcre feóndes costunga and ælfsidenne, Lch. ii. 334, 18. [Cf. (?) Icel. síða to charm; seiðr a charm.]


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0520, entry 1
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seiðinn (seiðit Ed. wrongly), Fas. iii. 319: seiðis-hús, the house where the spell was worked. Fas. iii. 166, v.l.; in Yngl. S. ch. 7 the charm of 'seidr' is attributed to Odin; Óðinn kunni þá íþrótt, er mestr máttr fylgdi, ok framði sjálfr, er seiðr heitir, en af því mátti hann vita örlög manna ok úorðna hluti, svá ok at göra mönnum bana eðr úhamingju eða vanheilindi, svá ok at taka frá mönnum vit eðr afl ok gefa öðrum, en þessi fjölkyngi, er framið er, fylgir svá mikil ergi, at eigi þótti karlmönnum skammlaust við at fara, ok var gyðjunum kennd íþrótt, Yngl. S. ch. 7; as to the rites and ceremonies of the 'seidr' see esp. the interesting account in Þorf. Karl. S. ch. 3, compared with that in Vd. ch. 10 and Örvar Odds S. ch. 2 and 3; even the old poem Völuspá is framed as a song delivered by a prophetess working a spell. The witch scene in Macbeth is an echo of the ancient 'seidr' as it survived in tradition in Shakespeare's time, though the devilry and the cauldron are later additions.


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0520, entry 4
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seiðsla, u, f. = seiðr, Fas. iii. 319.


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0520, entry 34
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seizla, qs. seiðsla = seiðr, Fas. iii. 319.


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0531, entry 8
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SÍÐA, a def. old strong verb, of which occur only the infin. pret. seið, Vsp. 25; pl. siðu, Ls. 29; part. siðit; and a weak pret. síddi: [seiðr, seiða] :-- to work a charm through seiðr, q.v.; þeir létu síða í hundinn þriggya manna vit, Hkr. i. 136; stjúpmóðir Dómalda lét síða at honum úgæfu, 20; þá var siðit til þess, at ..., 136; hann síddi þar ok var kallaðr skratti, Fms. x. 378; sízt at bræðr þínum siðu blíð regin, Ls. 29; seið hón leikin, Vsp. 25; seið Yggr til Rindar, Kormak, of a love charm.


Source: Cleasby/Vigfusson, page b0705, entry 7
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VIGR, f., pl. vigrar, [the short vowel and the radical r are against deriving vigr from víg] :-- a spear, Edda (Gl.); flugbeittra vigra, Hornklofi; vigrar rjóða, to redden the spears (vigrat Cod.), id.; vel hefir vigr of skepta, Kormak; vigrar seiðr, a spear-charm, spear-song, i.e. battle, Sturl. (in a verse); vigra dunur, dynr, él, = the din, song, shower of spears, Lex. Poët. passim. II. Vigr, a local name of an island (in shape like a spear's head) in north-western Icel.; í Vigr (acc.), Bs. i. 651; í eynni Vigr (dat.), 652: in the Orkneys, the mod. Veir; in the Orkn. S. Fb. ii. l. 9 from the bottom, einn 'ungr' read Vigr' (i.e. Veir, the island where Kolbein Hrúga lived, after whom is named 'the Castle of Cuppi Row').



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