From Proto-Germanic *ferhwą, *ferhwō. Cognates with the Old English feorh, Old Saxon ferh and Old High German ferh. Obsolete in modern English, German, Swedish and Danish. Confer the German Leib (“body”) and leben (“to live”).
- (poetic) the vital parts; the body
- vigour, spirit, energy
- Especially frequent in alliterative phrases such as eiga fótum fjǫr at launa and fjǫr ok fé.
- Often used in compounds in poems, especially when denoting loss of life e.g. fjǫrbann, fjǫrgrand and fjǫrlát.
Terms derived from fjǫr
- Icelandic: fjör