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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 31. Skipa heiti, 6 [Vol. 3, 870]

[4] lokstolpar (m. pl.) ‘forecastle-supports’: So B (ms. A ‘løkstólpar’) and adopted in Falk (1912, 48-9). The form of this word is uncertain. If lokstolpar is correct, the word could refer to supports for the raised deck at the prow. The first element of the cpd is lok n. ‘cover, lid’, ‘locker or bench in the stem of a boat’ (cf. ModIcel. stafnlok ‘triangular boards in each end of a rowing boat’, ‘lockers’ pl.); the second element is the pl. form of stolpi ‘support’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B; LP: leggstolpar; so also Skald) adopts the C variant, leggstolpar, in which the first element is leggr ‘leg, bone’, also ‘stem, trunk, stock of an anchor’ (lit. ‘stem-supports’?). Mss R and have the variant  (normalised) lekstopar, perhaps something with which to stop leaks (so, tentatively, SnE 1998, II, 344). None of these variants occurs elsewhere.


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