As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
á-kvæði Old Norse word can mean:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Works & Authors cited:
- Njála. (D. II.)
- Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
- Ísl. Þjóðs.
- Íslenzkar Þjóðsögur.
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