Á-kvæði

Old Norse Dictionary - á-kvæði

Meaning of Old Norse word "á-kvæði" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

á-kvæði Old Norse word can mean:

á-kvæði
n.
á-kvæði
1. an uttered opinion; mun ek nú segja yðr hvat mitt á. er, Nj. 189, Sturl. i. 65 C; Ed. atkvæði (better): a command, Stj. 312, 208; með ákvæðum, expressly, Sks. 235: cp. atkvæði.
á-kvæði
2. in popular tales and superstition it is specially used of spells or charms: cp. Lat. fatum from fari; cp. also atkvæði: the mod. use prefers ákvæði in this sense, hence ákvæða-skáld, n. a spell-skald, a poet whose words have a magical power, also called kraptaskald; v. Ísl. Þjóðs. I, where many such poets are mentioned; indeed any poet of mark was believed to possess the power to spell-bind with his verses; cp. The tales about Orpheus.
á-kvæði
COMPDS: ákvæðisteigr, ákvæðisverk.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅ-ᚴᚢᛅᚦᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

n.
neuter.
cp.
compare.
l.
line.
Lat.
Latin.
mod.
modern.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
Ísl. Þjóðs.
Íslenzkar Þjóðsögur.
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