ValaOld Norse Dictionary - vala
Meaning of Old Norse word "vala" in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
vala Old Norse word can mean:
- u, f. the rolling knuckle-bone, Lat. talus, Gr. ἀστράγαλος; in Icel. these bones are dried and used for winding clews of yarn (þráðar-vala); in the old heathen times they seem to have been used for fortune-telling, whence the compds, völu-brjótr, m. a knuckle-breaker, a nickname, Sd.: völu-spakr, adj. ‘knuckle-wise’ prophetic (?), Edda (in a verse): völu-mæltr, adj. talking thick, as if with a knuckle-bone rolling in one’s mouth: hvel-vala, a rolling pebble, Þd. (poët.)
- II. the name of a dog; vappaðu með mér, vala … keyrðu féð í hala, a ditty.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᛅᛚᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Svarfdæla Saga. (D. II.)
- Þórs-drápa. (A. I.)
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