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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 10. Knútsdrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 652]

[2] sló ‘defeated’: So ÍF 27 and ÍF 35, glossing the word as sigra ‘win victory’. Finnur Jónsson in LP: sláa 3 assumes the sense ‘killed’ here, rather than the more usual ‘struck’, but in fact none of Æthelred’s sons were killed in battle in the Anglo-Danish wars (though see Note to l. 4 below); Eadmund Ironside, the son of Æthelred who was Knútr’s main antagonist, died in November 1016, only a month after he and Knútr had agreed to divide the kingdom between them (see ASC s. a.).


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