As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- and athafna-, m. a busy enterprising man, Hkr. ii. 255, Fær. 209. In a bad sense, a laughing-stock; göra e-n at athafnarmanni, to make a butt of him, Sturl. i. 24, 181, this last sense seems to be peculiar to the first and second part (þáttr) of the Sturl., which were not written by Sturla himself, but by an unknown author.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛏᚼᛅᚠᚾᛅᚱ-ᛘᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Færeyinga Saga. (E. II.)
- Heimskringla. (E. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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