Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 960]

[4] handfǫgr ‘with beautiful hands’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) and Carl af Petersens (Jvs 1879) note that hand- has been corrected from harm ‘sorrow’ but this is no longer clear in the ms. The cpd adj. is also found, again qualifying kona ‘woman’, in KormǪ Lv 63/4V (Korm 84). The vocabulary relating to hands in the helmingr (this cpd, and hendir ‘grips’, l. 1, á hendi mér ‘to me’, l. 3) emphasises the woman’s hold on the poet.


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