As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
aptr-hvarf Old Norse word can mean:
- n. a turning back, return, Sturl. ii. 16; illr aftrhvarfs, disinclined to face the enemy again, Fms. vii. 325.
- β. relapse, Fms. ii. 47, where it is used of apostasy. Since the Reformation always used by theologians in a good sense, repentance, turning away from sin; iðran ok a. are freq. used together, iðran being repentance, the internal condition, aptrhvarf the movement away from sin, or the repentance put into act.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛒᛏᚱ-ᚼᚢᛅᚱᚠ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- frequent, frequently.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)