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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
Icel. nauð
is given, is the following
Nýd byþ nearu on breóste oft tó helpe niða bearnum, and tó hǽle gehwæðre weorðeþ heó ðeáh gif hí his hlystaþ ǽror.  
  • Runic pm. Kmbl. 341, 8-13.
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