As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- a, m. ‘mingens in puteum,’ a kind of hobgoblin who polluted the wells, Hálfs S. ch. 5. FaS. ii. 29, mentioned only here, and unknown to the present Icel. legends:—name of the fox, Edda (Gl.); cp. the proverb, skömm hundum, skitu refar í brunn karls, shame on the hounds, the foxes defiled the carl’s burn, FmS. vii. 21.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚱᚢᚾᚾ-ᛘᛁᚴᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Hálfs S.
- Hálfs Saga. (C. II.)
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