As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
at-sókn Old Norse word can mean:
- f. [sækja at], onslaught, attack, Fms. i. 64, Nj. 100, etc.
- β. a throng of guests or visitors seeking hospitality; föng vóru lítil en a. mikill, Bs. i. 63 (now freq.)
- γ. in popular superstition, the foreboding of a guest’s arrival; sleep, drowsiness, or the like, caused, as people believe, by the fylgja or ‘fetch’ of the guest, his sure forerunner; the Icelanders speak of a good, agreeable aðsókn, or a bad, disagreeable one; a man may ‘sækja vel eðr ilia að,’ as he is an agreeable guest or not. Only a ‘fey’ man’s fylgja follows after him. Vide Ísl. Þjóðs. i. 354 sqq.
- COMPD: atsóknarmaðr.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛏ-ᛋᚢᚴᚾ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- et cetera.
- frequent, frequently.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Njála. (D. II.)
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Ísl. Þjóðs.
- Íslenzkar Þjóðsögur.