Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 3. Lausavísur, 11 [Vol. 1, 230]

[5, 6] veljandi valjarðar ‘chooser of the battlefield [RULER]’: This kenning has not been conclusively explained. (a) Adopted in this edn is an analysis due to Sveinbjörn Egilsson (LP (1860): velja, followed by ÍF 26; ÍF 29; Hkr 1991), who sees a reference to the warrior’s role of choosing the locality in which to fight a battle. (b) Finnur Jónsson (Hkr 1893-1901, IV; Skj B) initially suggested that valjǫrð could be ‘falcon-land [ARM]’, part of an incomplete or corrupted kenning for ‘ring’ , but in LP: valjǫrð favoured explanation (a).

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