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Note to stanza
[All]: The helmingr appears to be an ironic comment on the purchase of expensive Norwegian shoes (see Note to l. 4 below) by someone who travels by sea and is rather well off. If one accepts the idea that Eyjólfr was an economically poor friend of Snorri Sturluson, Eyjólfr could have composed a stanza, of which only this helmingr has survived, in response to a lausavísa by Snorri (SnSt Lv 6; see Biography of Eyjólfr Brúnason above). This is suggested not only by the ironic content, but also by the use of a seafarer-kenning (qualified by the adj. orðrakkr ‘word-bold’, i.e. ‘eloquent’) and the allusion to the use of money (Snorri’s wealth and extravagance are well documented; see also Máni Lv 4IV and Anon (Stu) 19IV).
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