Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 24 [Vol. 1, 52]

[6] Holtum ‘in Holtan’: The reading of J2ˣ and R685ˣ (Holtum) is to be preferred over those of (á Holti) and F (í Holti) for metrical reasons, and is adopted in all eds except Skald and Hkr 1991, which prefer . Here the dat. is used as a locative (Konráð Gíslason 1881, 243; Yt 1925). It has usually been assumed that Holtar refers to Holtan in Borre, which lies 2-3 kilometres north of the Borre burial field. This is most likely, because according to the stanza, Hálfdan was buried in Borre (cf. Skre 2007c, 463-4). Other possibilities are Holtan in Sandefjord, not far from Huseby and Gokstad, or Holtan in Larvik (Myhre 1992b, 39).

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