As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
alr Old Norse word can mean:
- s, m. pl. ir, awl, Edda 71.
- β. in the phrase, ‘leika á als oddi,’ skjálfa þótti húsit, sem á als oddi léki (MS. allsolla), the house quivered, as if it were balanced on the point of an awl, FaS. i. 89; the Icel. now use the phrase, að leika á als oddi, of the excitement produced by joy, to be merry, in high spirits, full of life and vigour, (cp. the Engl. to be on pins and needles.)
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛚᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
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