Old Norse Dictionary - konungs-lykill

Meaning of Old Norse word "konungs-lykill" in English.

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

m. a Norse law term, the king’s key = an axe, which opens all doors and chests; munu þeir bera konungslykil at húsinu, they will break it by force, Fms. vi. 188; ek hefi at varðveita konungslykil þann er at öllum kistum gengr ok lásum … Vegglagr sér at hann mun upp höggva kistuna ef hón væri eigi upp lokin, Fbr. 46 new Ed.

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

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Works & Authors cited:

Fóstbræðra Saga. (D. II.)
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
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