As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
al-eyða Old Norse word can mean:
- 1. n, f. devastation, esp. by fire and sword; göra aleyðu, to turn into a wilderness, Fms. xi. 42, Hkr. iii. 141.
- 2. adj. ind. altogether waste, empty, void of people; a. af mönnum, Hkr. i. 98, ii. 197; brennir ok görir a. landit, burns and makes the land an utter waste, Hkr. i. 39; sumir lágu úti á fjöllum, svá at a. vóru bæirnir eptir, some lay out on the fells, so that the dwellings were utterly empty and wasted behind them, Sturl. iii. 75.
- 3. dd, to devastate, Karl. 370.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛚ-ᛁᚢᚦᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Heimskringla. (E. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
- Karla-magnús Saga. (G. I.)
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