As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- mis-för (mis-fǫr)
- f., esp. in pl. mishaps, a miscarriage, accident, Bs. i. 200, Karl. 52, Fær. 194: in Grág. i. 224 misfarar is used of a crew perishing one after another, a case analogous to that told in Ld. ch. 18, and bearing on the old law of inheritance, by which all persons aboard a ship were one another’s heirs; so that it was important to know in what order they died, and who had been the last survivor, cp. kjolsvarf in the early Swed. law: the phrase, fara misförum, to have miscarried.
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, mis-för may be more accurately written as mis-fǫr.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛁᛋ-ᚠᚢᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Færeyinga Saga. (E. II.)
- Grágás. (B. I.)
- Karla-magnús Saga. (G. I.)
- Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
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