As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
herða Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-rða, -rðr), v.
- 1) to make hard, temper (~ járn, sverð);
- 2) to press, clench; ~ hendr (knúa) at e-u, to clench with the hands (fists); fig., ~ atgöngu, to make the attack harder;
- 3) to make firm, exhort; ~ huginn, ~ sik, to take heart, exert oneself;
- 4) absol. to follow closely, pursue vigorously (Birkibeinar herðu eptir þeim); ~ áfram, to push on; ~ at (e-m) to press hard (upon one);
- 5) impers. to become hard; veðr (acc.) herði, it blew up a gale; herði seglit, the sail was strained hard (by the gale);
- 6) refl. to take heart (bað konungr menn vel við ~st).
- 1) tempering (of steel), steeling;
- 2) hardness, severity.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᛁᚱᚦᛅ
- absolute, absolutely.
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