As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
sveinn Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-s, -ar), m.
- 1) boy (sveinar tveir léku á gólfinu);
- 2) in addressing grown-up men, boys, lads (hart ríði þér, sveinar!);
- 3) servant, attendant (þeir vissu, at hann var s. Gunnhildar); squire, page.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᚢᛁᛁᚾᚾ
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