Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 8. Tryggvaflokkr, 1 [Vol. 1, 644]

[1-4]: The trope of two opponents approaching each other from different cardinal directions (norðan ‘from the north’, sunnan ‘from the south’) is common in the battle-poetry of the late C10th and the C11th. Examples where it is encompassed within a stanza include Hfr ErfÓl 17, Anon (ÓH) 1, Þfagr Sveinn 3II, Halli XI Fl 3II, and cf. Sigv Nesv 1, where the adverbs are austan ‘from the east’ and norðan ‘from the north’; see also Jesch (2001a, 206).


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