Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 55. Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa, 7 [Vol. 1, 948]

[5-8]: An alternative possibility to the construal here is to read l. 5 as a self-contained clause and ll. 7-8 together, with the sense ‘there was no peace for the mountains of the hawk [ARMS] against the supports of the helmet [HEADS]’, i.e. warriors’ arms were busy in action against enemy heads. Ólafur Halldórsson (2000, 80) presents this alternative in his prose order; the other eds cited take l. 5 together with l. 8 as above.


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