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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Anonymous Þulur, 50. Hauks heiti, 2 [Vol. 3, 943]

[3-4] ifjungr, ifli, ifill ‘hooded one, blindfolded one, bound one’: All these heiti are supposedly related to ifingr m. ‘cap, (head) bandage’ and they probably refer to a tame bird kept blindfolded or under a hood (Falk 1925a, 242-3). Of the three words only ifli m. ‘blindfolded one’ occurs as a poetic term for ‘hawk’ (cf. LP: ifli). Ifjungr m. ‘hooded one’ is also listed in Þul Bjarnar l. 12, but ifill m. is a hap. leg. Owing to the successive arrangement of the cognate words, the alliteration in ll. 3-4 is irregular.


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