Blót-spánn

Old Norse Dictionary - blót-spánn

Meaning of Old Norse word "blót-spánn" in English.

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

blót-spánn
m. divining rods or chips used at sacrifices, cp. Tacitus Germ. ch. x, and Amm. Marc. xxxi. 2. in the phrase, fella blót-spán, ramos sortidicos jactare; þá feldi hann b. ok vitraðist svá, at hann skyldi hafa dagráð at berjast, Fagrsk. 40, in the passage of Vellekla (the source of the narrative) the poet uses the word teinn lautar, qs. hlautar-teinn, the rod of the sacrificial blood, cp. the phrase, kjósa hlaut-við, Vsp. 62; and hrista teina, Hým. 1; þá feldi Önundr blótspán til, at hann skyldi verða víss …, Landn. 193; síðan var feldr blótspánn, ok gékk svá fréttin, at…, FaS. i. 526, 452 (Hervar. S.)

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

Abbreviations used:

ch.
chapter.
cp.
compare.
Germ.
German.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
qs.
quasi.
S.
Saga.

Works & Authors cited:

Fagrsk.
Fagrskinna. (K. I.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Hervar. S.
Hervarar Saga. (C. II.)
Hým.
Hýmis-kviða. (A. I.)
Landn.
Landnáma. (D. I.)
Vsp.
Völuspá. (A. I.)
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