Chronology of the breakup of Common Romance [long]

Max Dashu maxdashu at LanMinds.Com
Thu Aug 19 23:49:22 UTC 1999

>Well of course -madr, -madhr are very recognizable as not referring to men or
>madness but to a red/brown dye, for a long time quite popular among the
>Scandinavians - (from Rubia tinctorium or Gallium boreale) and of course
>bla'- might as well be black or white as blue.  One would otherwise think
>perhaps of "Blackmoor."

How do you figure? Madr figures in Norse compounds as "man," for example
"spa/madr," seer, prophet? And bla as "blue," as in Blakulla.

Max Dashu

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