As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
harðr Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) hard (~ steinn, skafl);
- 2) hard, stern, severe (~ í skapi, í hjarta);
- 3) hardy; fólk hart ok illit at sœkja, hardy and difficult to assail; ~ í horn at taka, hard to take by the horns, stubborn; ~ bardagi, hard-fought battle; leika e-n bart, to treat one harshly; ríða hart, to ride fast.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᛅᚱᚦᚱ
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