Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 7. Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson, 7 [Vol. 1, 639]

[8] in fornu môl ‘the old sayings’: Despite the suggestion of Jón Skaptason (1983) that môl could mean ‘laws’, the sentiments of this stanza are proverbial, rather than legal. Neither frændsekja ‘crime against kindred’ (l. 4) nor ættvígi ‘kin-killing’ (l. 5) appears as a technical term in either the Norwegian or the Icelandic laws.


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