Höfuð-lauss

Old Norse Dictionary - höfuð-lauss

Meaning of Old Norse word "höfuð-lauss" (or hǫfuð-lauss) in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

höfuð-lauss (hǫfuð-lauss)
adj. headless, without a head, Nj. 203, Fær. 185, Stj. 93, Rb. 344: without a leader, Fær. 169, Fms. viii. 264; h. herr, ix. 253; dauðr er höfuðlaus herr, a saying.

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, höfuð-lauss may be more accurately written as hǫfuð-lauss.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᚠᚢᚦ-ᛚᛅᚢᛋᛋ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Fær.
Færeyinga Saga. (E. II.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Rb.
Rímbegla. (H. III.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
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