As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
afl Old Icelandic word can mean:
- I) m. hearth of a forge.
- II) n.
- 1) physical strength (ramr styrkr, at afli);
- 2) force, violence taka með afli, by force;
- 3) plurality of votes, majority; ok skal afl ráda, the majority shall decide;
- 4) virtue, inherent power; ~ dauðfœrandi grasa, the virtue of poisonous herbs.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᚠᛚ
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