As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. a fool or tool egged on by another; hafa e-n at á., Sturl. i. 81, to use one to snatch the chestnuts out of the fire; cp. the Engl. cat’s-paw.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛁᚴᚴᛁᛅᚾᛅᚱ-ᚠᛁᚠᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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