As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. swollen ice, a lump of ice; mikit svell var hlaupit upp, Nj. 144; svell þrútnar upp hjá garði, Grág. ii. 283; svelli ok hjarni var steypt yfir alla jörð, Fms. ii. 228: in mod. usage ‘svell’ is ice with solid ground beneath, ‘iss’ ice on water: poët., handar svell, the ice of the hand, i. e. gold; sárs, dreyra, fetla svell, ‘wound-ice,’ i. e. weapons, Lex. poët.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᚢᛁᛚᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- i. e.
- id est.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Grágás. (B. I.)
- Lex. Poët.
- Lexicon Poëticum by Sveinbjörn Egilsson, 1860.
- Njála. (D. II.)
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