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Note to stanza
 skjáfa (f.): The heiti is a hap. leg. This is an obscure word, and the reading skjáfa found in most of the mss, including the LaufE mss, may be corrupt. According to Falk (1914b, 115), the correct form of this heiti is stjarna f. ‘star’, because an axe of this name is mentioned in Sturlunga saga (Stu 1946, I, 433, 438). Falk’s view finds no support among other scholars. AEW: skjáfa suggests an emended form skafa (from the strong verb skafa ‘scrape’; if so, lit. ‘scraper’), whereas ÍO: skjáfa adopts the C variant skjarva (cf. OE sceorfan ‘bite’ and OHG scarbōn ‘cut’); hence ‘one that bites or gnaws, cutter’ (SnE 1998, II, 392).
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