As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- (in Ub. spelt Emla), u, f. a mythol. word, which only occurs in Vsp. 17; and hence in Edda (where it is said that the gods found two lifeless trees, the askr (ash) and the embla; of the ash they made man, of the embla woman), it is a question what kind of tree the embla was; some suggest a metathesis, qs. emla from ahnr, elm, but the compound emblu-askr, in one of Egil’s poems, seems to shew that the embla was in some way related to the ash.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛁᛘᛒᛚᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- mythology, mythologically.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Uppsala-bók. (C. I.)
- Völuspá. (A. I.)