As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. (false spelling arngeirr), a bill or halberd, undoubtedly a foreign weapon, rarely mentioned in the Sagas, but famous as the favourite weapon of Gunnar of Hlíðarendi; mentioned besides in Sks. 392, Landn. 163, Eb. 120, Fms. iii. 100, v. 249, Fas. iii. 462, but esp. Nj. 44, 45, 84, 95, 97, 108, 114, 119: in the Nj. used generally of thrusting, but also of hewing; Högni hjó í sundr spiót skaptið með atgeirinum, en rekr atgeirinn i gegnum hann, H. hewed in sunder the spearshaft with the bill, and drives the bill through him, Nj. 119; in Landn. 163 mentioned as a javelin.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛏ-ᚴᛁᛁᚱᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Landnáma. (D. I.)
- Njála. (D. II.)
- Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
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