As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- u, f. a ‘ham-leaper,’ a witch that travels in hamfarir, Eg. 421, Fas. ii. 80, 390, Gullþ. 64: in mod. usage Icel. say, hann er mesta hamhleypa, he is a great h., works like a giant, of one who does great work in little time; hann er hamhleypa að skrifa, hamhleypa að vinna, etc.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᛅᛘ-ᚼᛚᛁᚢᛒᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- et cetera.
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Egils Saga. (D. II.)
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
- Gull-Þóris Saga. (D. II.)
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