Höfuð-svörðrOld Norse Dictionary - höfuð-svörðr
Meaning of Old Norse word "höfuð-svörðr" (or hǫfuð-svǫrðr) in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- höfuð-svörðr (hǫfuð-svǫrðr)
- m. the head skin, scalp; in the phrase, standa yfir e-s höfuðsvörðum, to have an enemy’s head at one’s feet, slay one, Fms. iii. 104, Ld. 132, 172, Al. 106, 116.
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, höfuð-svörðr may be more accurately written as hǫfuð-svǫrðr.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᚠᚢᚦ-ᛋᚢᚢᚱᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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Works & Authors cited:
- Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)