Bak-eldr

Old Norse Dictionary - bak-eldr

Meaning of Old Norse word "bak-eldr" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

bak-eldr
and bakstreldr, m. an evening fire to bake the body and limbs at (v. baka); sitja við bakelda, Fs. 4, Orkn. 112, 74, Korm. 236, Grett. 91: metaph., bændr skulu eiga ván bakelda, they shall get it hot enough, Fms. viii. 201; göra e-m illan bakeld, 383, ix. 410. bakelda-hrif, n. pl. rubbing the back at a b., Grett. l. c. A. As the evening bakeldar are not mentioned in the Sturl., it may be that bathing had put them out of use because of the scarcity of fuel.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛅᚴ-ᛁᛚᛏᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

l.
line.
l. c.
loco citato.
m.
masculine.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
n.
neuter.
pl.
plural.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Fs.
Forn-sögur. (D. II.)
Grett.
Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
Korm.
Kormaks Saga. (D. II.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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