As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
brandr Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-s, -ar), m.
- 1) brand, firebrand (~ af brandi brennr);
- 2) ship’s beak (= svíri); fellr brattr breki bröndum hæri, the waves break high above the ‘brandar’;
- 3) ships’ beaks put up as ornaments over or at each side of the chief entrance of dwellings (brandana af knerrinum lét hann setja yfir útidyrr sínar);
- 4) the blade of a sword (brast sverðit undir hjaltinu ok fór ~inn grenjandi niðr í ána).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚱᛅᚾᛏᚱ
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