LeiknOld Norse Dictionary - leikn
Meaning of Old Norse word "leikn" in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. the name of an ogress, perhaps with reference to the ancient belief that sicknesses arise from the being ‘ridden’ by witches, Edda 54 (in a verse), cp. Edda (Gl.); leiknar hestr, the ‘ogress steed,’ poët. the wolf, Hallfred; the Leikin, Vsp. 25, is prob. identical, seið hón leikin, she (the prophetess) worshipped witches (trolls) = she was a sorceress.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛚᛁᛁᚴᚾ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Völuspá. (A. I.)