As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- adj. [from á- intens. and verja, part, variðr, contr. varðr, protectus], an interesting old word; with dat., a. e-m, protected by one, but only used of a man in relation to the gods, in the phrase, goðum ávarðr, a client or darling of the gods, used as early as by Egil, Ad. 20, and also three or four times in prose; at hann mundi Frey (dat.) svá a. fyrir blótin, at hann mundi eigi vilja at freri á milli þeirra, Gísl. 32; skilja þeir at þeir ern mjök ávarðir goðunum, Róm. 292; so also of God, ef hann væri svá á. Guði, sem hann ætlaði, Bs. i. 464.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅ-ᚢᛅᚱᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Arinbjarnar-drápa. (A. III.)
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Gísla Saga. (D. II.)
- Rómverja Saga. (E. II.)
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