As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- ötul, atalt, adj. [at, n.; Ormul. attel = turpis], fierce, Lat. atrox; ötul augu, fierce, piercing eyes, Hkv. i. 3; þetta folk er atalt ok illt, Hkr. iii. 313: ötul, amatlig, fierce and loathsome, used of a witch, Hkv. I. 38: Atli ek heiti, a. skal ek þér vera, where the poet plays on the likeness between the pr. name Atli and the adj. atall, my name is ‘Savage;’ savage shall I prove to thee, Hkv. Hjörv. 15. At the present day, freq. in the changed form ötull, in a good sense, brisk, strenuous.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛏᛅᛚᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- frequent, frequently.
- proper, properly.
Works & Authors cited:
- Heimskringla. (E. I.)
- Helga-kviða Hundingsbana. (A. II.)
- Hkv. Hjörv.
- Helga-kviða Hjörvarðssonar. (A. II.)
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