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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal, 102 [Vol. 3, 1209]

[5-8]: ‘Sink into the sea sooner than the praise of the ruler’ i.e. ‘sooner than the praise of the ruler perish’. For similar hyperboles, see e.g. Arn Þorfdr 24II, Eyv Hák 20I, Hfr ErfÓl 27I and KormǪ Lv 18/5-8V (Korm 19). The reference to the stillir ‘ruler’ (l. 8) is ambiguous, because it leaves it up to the audience to decide whether the final words of praise are directed at Hákon or Skúli.


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