As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- a, m. the captain of the king’s men, Fms. iv. 364, ix. 250, 496, Gþl. 58, Eg. 280, Hirðskrá ch. 8, 24; in Eg. 280 used in a peculiar and Engl. sense; in Icel. the governor was, from the 14th to the 16th century, called hirðstjóri, Ann., Espol. passim.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᛁᚱᚦ-ᛋᛏᛁᚢᚱᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Íslenzkir Annálar. (D. IV.)
- Egils Saga. (D. II.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Gulaþings-lög. (B. II.)
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