Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 37 [Vol. 1, 991]

[3] húfum ‘the hull’: Lit. ‘hulls’. The pl. is unusual, since húfr ‘hull’ is normally sg. unless more than one ship is referred to. The sense ‘strake’ is possible in ON and certain in later Icel., however (Jesch 2001a, 143-4), and húfum here may refer collectively to the strakes or planking comprising the hull.


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