As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
höfðingi Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (pl. -jar), m.
- 1) chief, leader; h. þeirrar ráðagørðar, at the head of that plan;
- 2) captain, commander (K. var h. yfir þeim her);
- 3) chief, ruler, esp. in pl., men of rank or authority (höfðingjar ok góðir menn; hann gørðist þá h. mikill).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᚠᚦᛁᚾᚴᛁ
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