As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- u, f. a ‘hedge-rider,’ a witch, ghost; witches and ghosts were thought to ride on hedges and the tops of houses during the night, see Glam in the Grettla; cp. Swed. ‘blå-kulla;’ the word is a απ. λεγ., Hm. 156.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚢᚾ-ᚱᛁᚦᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- απ. λεγ.
- απαξ. λεγόμενον.
Works & Authors cited:
- Hává-mál. (A. I.)
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