N
Gender: Indeterminate
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
N
like m (q. v.), in Anglo-Saxon generally corresponds to n in Gothic and in other cognate dialects, e. g. net, hand, án; Goth. nati, handus, ains; O. H. Ger. nezzi, hant, ein; O. Sax. net, hand, én; but, like m, it falls away before ð and s, and the vowel which preceded the n is lengthened, e. g. cúð, tóð, óðer, múð, húsel, est; Goth. kunþs, tunþus, anþar, munþs, hunsl, ansts; O. H. Ger. chund, zand, andar, mund, anst; O. Sax. kúð, tand, óðar, múð, anst. If, however, n and s come together by the loss of an intervening vowel the n remains, e. g. winstre; O. H. Ger. O. Sax. winistar. The character which appears in the Runic poem is ᚾ , and the verse, in which the name (cf. Icel. nauð) is given, is the following
Nýd byþ nearu on breósteoft tó helpe
niða bearnum,and tó hǽle gehwæðre
weorðeþ heó ðeáhgif hí his hlystaþ ǽror.
 Runic pm. Kmbl. 341, 8-13.
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