Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 55. Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa, 12 [Vol. 1, 952]

[7] eyðis undglóða ‘destroyer of the wound-embers [SWORDS > WARRIOR]’: (a) The reading und ‘wound’ is preferred here, as in Skj B. It is preserved in 53, 54 and Bb, representing two classes within the ÓT stemma, and produces an acceptable sword-kenning (cf. Meissner 159-60 for parallels) which forms the determinant of a tvíkent warrior-kenning and reinforces the theme of battle. (b) The 61 reading unn ‘wave’ is also possible. It produces eyðis unnglóða ‘destroyer of wave-embers [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN]’ and is well paralleled (Meissner 229-37); it is adopted in Skald and Ólafur Halldórsson (2000).


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