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          One more athletic event depicted in the Thorri inscription at Fossum, Bohuslän.  The text might read:  ganga Köla = "Fight with maces."  The footprint hieroglyph ganga (to walk) represents the same word, but it is used in the sense of an encounter or fight (ganga has many meanings in Old Norse).


          The keeled ship to the right is another punning hieroglyph, where the word kjöl approximates the sound of the word for mace or club, köl.  Were the hieroglyph omitted, the reader would be uncertain about the included vowel, because only rudimentary vowel signs occur in the Tifnag script (Fell 1982).