As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. a foreman, chief, Fms. ix. 341, 483, Ld. 106, Nj. 106: one’s better, one who excels others, Fms. xi. 326: a predecessor, Bs. i. 733: in mod. usage in pl. fyrir-menn, people of distinction.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚠᚢᚱᛁᚱ-ᛘᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
- Njála. (D. II.)
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