As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- bölvan (bǫlvan)
- f. a curse, Stj. 37, 483: swearing, Fær. 239, Hom. 86.
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, bölvan may be more accurately written as bǫlvan.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚢᛚᚢᛅᚾ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Færeyinga Saga. (E. II.)
- Homiliu-bók. (F. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)