Orkney: Meaning of Brodgar

FROM:  http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/brodgar/

The Ring o’ Brodgar takes its name from the nearby farm.

For years, the origin of the placename has been explained as being from the Old Norse brúar-garðr meaning bridge farm. However, there is another intriguing possibility.

Bearing in mind the local pronunciation, broa(d)yeur, could the name actually stem from brúar-jorð – earth bridge? In this case the “earth bridge” could be the entire Ness o’ Brodgar.

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