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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Anonymous Þulur, 1. Kálfsvísa, 3 [Vol. 3, 667]

[All]: This is the only stanza in Kálfv that contains references to a narrative. The first line has the same format as the other stanzas, but ll. 2-6 (omitted in most mss of LaufE) must refer to the battle between Aðils and Áli on the ice of Lake Vänern in Sweden where Áli fell (see ÍF 26, 57): Þeir áttu orrostu á Vænis ísi. Þar fell Áli konungr, en Aðils hafði sigr … Aðils konungr var mjǫk kærr at góðhestum … Sløngvir hét hestr hans, en annarr Hrafn. Þann tók hann af Ála dauðum ‘They did battle on the ice of Vänern. King Áli fell there, and Aðils was victorious … King Aðils was very fond of good horses … Sløngvir was the name of his horse, and another was called Hrafn. That one he took from the dead Áli’. See also SnE 1998, I, 58 and Beowulf 2008, 297. 

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