Usage Ancient Scandinavian, Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Other Forms FormsLín (Faroese)
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Contributor Contrib.Beautiful Victory on 8/3/2012
Last Editor EditorSeaHorse15 on 10/19/2012
Means "protection" in Old Norse, the root of which is Old Icelandic #hleina# "to save, protect, defend" (ultimately relating to Old English #hlæna# and modern English #lean#; also "the related noun #hlein# is used of the upright warp-weighted loom, which is leaned against a wall in use"). It was also used to mean "woman" in a large number of poetic compounds, such as #hrínga-hlín#, #bauga-hlín# "ring-lady". This Old Norse name is "usually found as a goddess-name, a wife of Odin", possibly a byname of Frigg.