As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
- m. the man sitting in the high-seat (öndvegi) opposite to the lord of the house, the king’s first man.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᚾᛏᚢᛁᚴᛁᛋᛘᛅᚦᚱ
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