As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- a, m. a beggar, tramp, Hbl. 6, FmS. ii. 73: the proverb, bráð eru brautingja erindi, the tramp cannot afford delay, FaS. ii. 262, cp. Hm. 2; the poor had in old times to go from house to house; cp. göngu-maðr, föru-maðr; therefore misery and tramping are synonymous, e. g. válaðr, miseria; cp. A. S. vædl = ambitus:—not till the establishment of Christianity were poor-rates and other legal provisions made for the poor.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚱᛅᚢᛏᛁᚾᚴᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- e. g.
- exempli gratia.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Harbarðs-ljóð. (A. I.)
- Hává-mál. (A. I.)