As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
hví Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) an old dat. of ‘hvat’; þá spurði Hallr, hví þat sætti, then H. asked what was the matter; fyrir hví, why, wherefore (fyrir h. biðr þú eigi lækningar?);
- 2) adv. why? = fyrir hví (hví ertu svá fölr?).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᛁ
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