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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 22I l. 9

Skæreið — Skæreið


Skæreið (noun f.): Skæreið


[9] Skæreið: skereið F, J1ˣ, J2ˣ


[9] Skæreið: It is generally assumed that Skæreið is the subject of drúpir ‘droops, mourns’ and refers to a place (see LP: drúpa 1 for parallels), though it cannot be identified with any known place. Finnur Jónsson (Hkr 1893-1901, IV; LP: Skereið) suggests that the name is a cpd of sker ‘skerry’ and eið ‘point, isthmus’. This would seem incompatible with the localisation in Skíringssalr, since the site of the hall (salr) is not on the coast but inland. But the name Skíringssalr may even at an early date have referred to the district controlled by it (cf. Brink 2007b, 60-2 and Note to l. 10 below).



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