Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 1 [Vol. 1, 959]

[4] prýði atferðar ‘about the adorner of action [MAN]’: Atferð normally means ‘conduct, behaviour’, but since the kenning refers to one of the Jómsvíkingar the reference may be specifically to military action, hence ‘valiant man’ (so LP: prýðir). Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) regards prýði as certain; Carl af Petersens (Jvs 1879) is less sure, but the letters can be made out except for the ‘r’. Prýði appears to be acc. sg. of the agent noun prýðir, following the prep. of ‘about’ and forming a kenning for ‘man’ or ‘warrior’, although prýðir is not common in such kennings (see Meissner 299). The identification of the man or warrior is problematic since the poem is concerned with several heroes, but Vagn Ákason is especially prominent (see sts 8, 9/7-8).


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