As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
vilja Old Icelandic word can mean:
- I) (vil, vilda, ~t), v.
- 1) to will, wish, with infin. (nú vil ek spyrja yðr); Austmaðr kvazt vildu (pret. infin.) fyrir hafa land, the Easterling said he wished to have land for (the ship); with the infin. left out or understood; vildi Aðalráðr hann ekki þar, A. wished him not (to be) there; hón vildi hann feigan, she wished him dead; with subj., viltu, at ek fara til eyjanna, wilt thou that I shall go to the islands;
- 2) with acc. to wish, want (eigi vil ek þessa); hvat vilt þú honum, what dost thou want with him?; v. hverjum manni gott, to wish good to everybody; v. heldr, to prefer (viltu heldr dóminn?);
- 3) impers., var sigit inn eptir firðinum svá sem vera vildi, as best might be, at random; þá er vel vildi, when the luck was fair;
- 4) v. e-m, to favour one (þat er ván, at þér mundi sœmdin v.);
- 5) v. til, to happen (ef þat á. til at v.);
- 6) refl., þeir ~st eigi við oss, they bear no good will towards us.
- II) from vili, will.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᛁᛚᛁᛅ
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