Al-máttigr

Old Norse Dictionary - al-máttigr

Meaning of Old Norse word "al-máttigr" in English.

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

al-máttigr
adj. [A. S. ealmeathig; Hel. ala-; Germ. allmächtig], almighty, seems to be a Christian (eccl.) word, translated from the Latin omnipotens; but the phrase ‘hinn almáttki áss’ in the heathen oath (used of Thor) implies its use in very early timeS. The old form is contracted before -ir, -ar, -an, -um, etc., and changes g into k; almáttkan, -kir, -kum (now almáttugan, -ugir, -ugum, through all cases), v. máttigr: used of God, FmS. i. 231, Eluc. 10, SkS. 305, etc.: heathen use, Landn. 258, cp. p. 335.

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

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
eccl.
ecclesiastical.
etc.
et cetera.
Germ.
German.
Hel.
Heliand.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
S.
Saga.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Eluc.
Elucidarium. (F. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Landn.
Landnáma. (D. I.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
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