As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- nökkvi (nǫkkvi)
- a, m.; in the phrase, þungr sem ‘nökkvi,’ or nökkva-þungr, of things like hay soaked with water or the like. This word can hardly be related to nökkvi, a boat; we think it is qs. n-ökkvi, cp. ökkr and ökvast, ‘þungr sem einn ökvi’ rapidly pronounced sem ‘nökvi, the n being taken from the preceding word, as in njóli (jóll, p. 326, col. 2).
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, nökkvi may be more accurately written as nǫkkvi.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚾᚢᚴᚴᚢᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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