As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
stoða Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (að), v.
- 1) to stay, support, back (s. mál e-s); s. til e-s, to help, assist in a thing;
- 2) to avail, boot, with dat.; ekki mun mér þat s., ef mér er dauði ætlaðr, that with stand me in no stead, if death is doomed for me; hvat ~r þat, what boots it?.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᛏᚢᚦᛅ
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