05 January 2016

TWILIF ~ twelve: a special number

this and images below: the twelve months with Dutch-Germanic names
as depicted in Wolfsangel / Der Vaderen Erfdeel (1936-'38)
Louwmaand - January

From the amount of fragments with the number twelve and the fact that most lists of laws have twelve rules, it becomes clear that this was a special number. I also don't think it is a coincidence that the ode to Frya ("Frya was white like snow ...") has twelve parts, nor that there were 12 burghs mentioned in the list of reeves (page 5).

Our clocks have 12 hours, our calendars 12 months (the year has 12 or 13 full moons), the dozen is still a well known grouping of twelve pieces and in the Christian religion, Jesus had twelve apostles, etc..

This number may have been sacred, its spelling was not, as is demonstrated below. "TWILIF" was the most common spelling.

Sprokkelmaand - February

In modern related languages:
tólf, tólfta - icelandic
tolv, tolfte - swedish
tólv, tólvta - faroese
tolv, tolvte - danish, norse
tolve, tolfde - frisian
twaalf, twaalfde - dutch, afrikaans
twelve, twelfth - english
zwölf, zwölfte - german

In OLB twelve:
TVELF - 1 (fragment number below)
TWELIF - 8
TWÉLIF - 9
TWILF - 7,10
TWILIF - 3,6,11,12,13,14,15,17
TWILLIF - 4
twelfth:
TILLIFTE - 5
TWILIFTE - 2

Lentemaand - March

OLB fragments [page/line]

1 [00a/21]
THAT TVELF.HVNDRED.SEX ÀND FIFTIGOSTE JÉR
 the twelve-hundred, six and fiftieth year (1256)

2 [006/19]
ÀFTER.ET TWILIFTE JOL.FÉRSTE BÀRDE HJU THRJA MANGÉRTA
after the twelfth Yol-feast, she gave birth to three girls

3 [006/30]
ÀND NW BÀRDON EK TWILIF SVNA ÀND TWILIF TOGHATERA
and now each gave birth to twelve sons and twelve daughters

Grasmaand - April

4 [016/25]
THRIA TWILLIF RAPPA HORSA
triple twelve rapid horses

5 [020/16]
THA TILLIFTE DÉL FON THA SKÀT
the twelfth part of the treasure

6 [021/30]
IS EN BOJ TWILIF JÉR
 is a boy twelve years

Bloeimaand - May

7 [028/01]
THI WIT KÉNING TWILF MÔNIS DÉLA
 the sea king twelve man-parts

8 [047/26]
TWELIF GRÁTA SWETE RIN.STRAMA
 twelve great sweet rivers

9 [059/22]
TWÉLIF SKÉPA LÉT.I.TOHRÉDA
twelve ships he had prepared

Zomermaand - June

10 [074/10]
SJUGUN WARA TWILF SKYPUN
seven times twelve ships

11 [075/11]
NÉI THÀT WI IN TWILIF JÉR TID
NÉN KRÉKA LÁNDAR TO ÁLMAN.LÁND SJAN HÉDE

after for twelve years
we had not seen any Kreaklanders at Allmanland

12 [094/12]
TWILIF MANGÉRTNE MITH TWILIF LÀMKES
ÀND TWILIF KNÁPA MITH TWILIF HOKLINGA

twelve girls with twelve lambs
and twelve boys with twelve calves

Hooimaand - July

13 [106/25]
WÍD THRIJA TWILIF FÉT
wide triple twelve feet

14 [107/16]
MEN SVNNA STONDA
HWÉRFON TWIJA TWILIF VPP.EN ETMELDE KVMA

but a solar 'stand',
of which twice twelve go in a natural day

15 [107/23]
THRIJA TWILIF NÉD.HÛSA TOFARA THA OMHÉMAR
triple twelve emergency homes for 'outsiders'

Oogstmaand - August

16 [120/15]
NEI THÀT WI 12 (TWILIF) MEL 100 (HVNDRED) ÀND
TWIA.12 JÉR BI THA FIF WÉTRUM SÉTEN HÉDE

after we had lived twelve times hundred and
twice twelve years near the Five Waters

17 [138/20]
THÁ JES.VS ALSA TWILIF JÉR OMFÁREN HÉDE STURVER
when Yes-us had thus toured for twelve years, he died

Herfstmaand - September

[005/08] number of burghs mentioned in list of Reeves: 12

[009/18] O-S p.17
Ode to Frya ("Frya was white like ..." etc.): 12 parts

[011/13] O-S p.19
Frya's Tex: 12 counsils

[015/01] O-S p.25
Burgh Laws 2x12=24 rules

[019/09] O-S p.31
General Laws: 12 rules

Wijnmaand - October (later in '39-'44 renamed Zaaimaand)


[021/24] O-S p.33
War Laws: 12 rules

[023/07] O-S p.35
Laws of Mothers and Kings: 12 rules

[027/12] O-S p.41
Navigator Laws: 12 rules

Slachtmaand - November

Other numbers for rules and regulations:
[025/04] O-S p.37
Rights of Fryas to be secure (safe): 7 rules

[040/11] O-S p.59
Three WÉTA
Seven SETMA ÀND DOMAR
Three DOMAR for NYDIGA MÀNNISKA
Three DOMAR for HORNINGA

Wintermaand - December

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