As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
- m. one side of a case or suit, one’s share in a case; mun sá verða málahluti várr beztr, at, the best turn for us that things can take will be that.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛅᛚᛅᚼᛚᚢᛏᛁ
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