Bif-röst

Old Norse Dictionary - bif-röst

Meaning of Old Norse word "bif-röst" (or bif-rǫst) in English.

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

bif-röst (bif-rǫst)
f., the poët. mythical name of the rainbow, Edda 8, (via tremula); but Gm. 44 and Fm. 15 read bilröst.

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, bif-röst may be more accurately written as bif-rǫst.

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

Abbreviations used:

f.
feminine.
m.
masculine.
poët.
poetically.

Works & Authors cited:

Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fm.
Fafnis-mál. (A. II.)
Gm.
Grímnis-mál. (A. I.)
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