As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. a ‘tooth-fee’ a gift to an infant when it cuts its first tooth, a custom still observed in Icel., and mentioned in Gm. 5; ek skal í dag heimta tannfé þitt at Sveini konungi, Fb. i. 481; þessi þræll hafði Hákoni verit gefinn at tannfé, Fms. i. 210; þenna grip gaf faðir minn mér at tannfé, Ld. 72; þat sem þau höfðu gefit Ásmundi syni þeirra í tannfé, D. n. ii. 364.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᛅᚾᚾ-ᚠᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
- Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Grímnis-mál. (A. I.)
- Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
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