As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. a black man, negro, i. e. an Ethiopian, Al. 51, Orkn. 364 (referring to A. D. 1152), distinguished from the Saracens and Arabians; three ‘blámenn’ were sent as a present to the German emperor Frederic the Second, FmS. x. 3: in romances blámenn are mentioned as a kind of ‘berserkers,’ q. v., Finnb. ch. 16, KjalneS. S. ch. 15; cp. Scott’s Ivanhoe, note B.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛚᛅ-ᛘᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. D.
- Anno Domini.
- i. e.
- id est.
- q. v.
- quod vide.
Works & Authors cited:
- Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
- Finnboga Saga. (D. V.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
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