Bjarg-vættr

Old Norse Dictionary - bjarg-vættr

Meaning of Old Norse word "bjarg-vættr" in English.

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

bjarg-vættr
f. (in mod. usage m.), [bjarg, mons, or bjarga, servare], a helping friendly sprite, a good genius, answering to the Christian good angel; according to the heathen belief, the country, esp. hills and mountains, were inhabited by such beings; in the northern creed the bjargvætter are generally a kind of giant of the gentler kind: in mod. usage, a supporter, helper in need; muntu verða mér hinn mesti (masc.) b., FaS. ii. 438, vellum MS. of 15th century; en mesta (fem.) b., Bárð. 168, new Ed. 12.

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

Abbreviations used:

esp.
especially.
f.
feminine.
fem.
feminine.
m.
masculine.
masc.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
S.
Saga.

Works & Authors cited:

Bárð.
Bárðar Saga. (D. V.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
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