The present article was found with Kåre HoelÊ¼s manuscript to Vol. 19 Eidsberg of his work on the settlement names of the county of Østfold (BØ). Valdisholm is the name of a small uninhabitated island in the river Glomma. Written tradition as well as archeological finds show that a fortress stood on the island at least as early as the beginning of the 13th century. Hoel reconstructs an ON form *Valdinsholmi which he compares with two other names in the municipality of Eidsberg, Folkinsborg, the present Folkenborg, and Treginsborg, now Trømborg, both undoubtedly at one time fortified royal farms. The first element of *Valdinsholmi is interpreted as the possesive form of *valdinn m, from ON vald n, Ê»power, might, authorityÊ¼, cf. the verb valda, Ê»ruleÊ¼; cf. also ON valdborg f, Ê»strongholdÊ¼. *Valdinn m may then be understood as Ê»he who rulesÊ¼ or Ê»the mighty oneÊ¼, and Valdinsholmi Ê»the fortified island of the rulerÊ¼.
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