When Fasta was Eeremoeder she made a running hand out of it. The Witkoning—that is, the Sea-king, Godfried the Old—made separate numbers for the set hand and for the runic hand.
We all here have been over the meaning of this name 'Witkening' for many pages. "Wit" could have meant 'wise', 'wet' or 'white'.
But for me the most logical assumption would be that 'Wit' is nothing more or less than 'Jute', based on what the Frisians themselves said, and then we would get a Godfried the king of the Jutes.
This doesn't prove or disprove the OLB, for it never says when this Godfried introduced these numerals. It could have been at any time, and it doesn't necessarily have to be by the notoriuous Godfried the Viking (known as Godfried the Seaking in the Netherlands) who started raiding the Frisian coasts in the 9th century.
The OLB only uses numerals for the numbering of the pages, and for the numbering in the several lists of laws/regulations. In the text itself it uses the cumbersome way of spelling out a date in many words (like in 1256/"Okke my son", or in so and so many years after the submergence of Aldland) ..... like they were still not very familiar with the use of Godfried's or any numerals.
Maybe the numerals they DID use were added much later.
Or.... but you all know what I think.
This is what I meant:
Skrêven to Ljuwert. Nêi âtland svnken is thaet thria thû sondfjvwer hvndred aend njugon aend fjvwertigoste jêr, thaet is nei kersten rêknong that tvelfhvndred sex aend fiftigoste jêr. Hidde tobinomath oera Linda. - Wâk.
Written at Liuwert, in the three thousand four hundred and forty-ninth year after Atland was submerged—that is, according to the Christian reckoning, the year 1256
Edited by Abramelin, 17 June 2012 - 12:47 PM.