As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- nauð-göngull (nauð-gǫngull)
- adj. ‘need-going,’ helping in need, of a midwife; hverjar ‘ro þær nornir er nauðgönglar eru, ok kjósa mæðr frá mögum, who are the weird sisters, who assist and deliver mothers in childbearing? Fm.
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, nauð-göngull may be more accurately written as nauð-gǫngull.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚾᛅᚢᚦ-ᚴᚢᚾᚴᚢᛚᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Fafnis-mál. (A. II.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.