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HEAD OF A VALLEY

Icelandic translation: dalsbotn

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English term or phrase:head (of a valley)
Icelandic translation:dalsbotn
Entered by: SeiTT
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11:08 Jan 21, 2004
English to Icelandic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: HEAD OF A VALLEY
Hi,

Although this counts as technical in English, I should imagine it doesn't in Icelandic, as you seem to have so many valleys.

Anyway, let’s take the typical example of a valley in Northern Iceland, with a source somewhere inland and with the valley mouth on the northern coast. I've been able to find out that the valley mouth on the coast = DALSMYNNI (though please correct me if I'm wrong).

The problem is what you call the other end of the valley, where it starts, i.e. the source somewhere inland. In Wales, this is known as “pen cwm”/”head of a valley”. Now, in Icelandic, I have come across “DALBOTN/DALSBOTN”, but to me that would seem to mean “the bottom of the valley”, i.e. its lowest geographical point, which would perhaps be somewhere towards the middle of the valley, but certainly not at the source of the valley. Unless the geographical makeup of Iceland is vastly different from that of Wales, for instance.

Grateful for any light you can shed on the matter!

Best wishes,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:05
DALSBOTN
Explanation:
You are correct regarding the dalsbotn. The logic of it becomes apparent if you rotate the valley by 90 degrees; then the "mouth" faces upwards and the "bottom" is where it should be. The geographical bottom is not an issue here.

HTH
JRK
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Johann Kristjansson
Iceland
Local time: 16:05
Grading comment
many thanks, all clear now!
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DALSBOTN


Explanation:
You are correct regarding the dalsbotn. The logic of it becomes apparent if you rotate the valley by 90 degrees; then the "mouth" faces upwards and the "bottom" is where it should be. The geographical bottom is not an issue here.

HTH
JRK

Johann Kristjansson
Iceland
Local time: 16:05
Native speaker of: Native in IcelandicIcelandic
PRO pts in pair: 34
Grading comment
many thanks, all clear now!

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