Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 33. Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa, 5 [Vol. 1, 463]

[1-2] lét hǫfuð stafnviggs liggja at Stauri ‘let the head of the prow-horse [SHIP] lie off Staurr’: The word hǫfuð ‘head’ may be literal here, denoting a zoomorphic prow-ornament (cf. Jesch 2001a, 145). It may also extend the imagery of the kenning ‘horse of the sea’ in combination with the p. n. Staurr, since staurr m. means ‘stake’: the ship is moored to a jetty or mooring post like a horse tethered to a stake.


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