As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. pl. [said to be derived from Arabic sharkeyn = Easterlings], the Saracens, the people of Serk-land; used of northern Africa, southern Spain, FmS. vi, vii, ix, Orkn., also in translations of ancient Lat. writers, of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Stj., Al. passim: Serkja-konungr, Serkja-ríki, the king, kingdom of the S., Al., Stj. Serk-neskr, adj. to render the Lat. Punicus, Róm. 324.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᛁᚱᚴᛁᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
- Rómverja Saga. (E. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
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