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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Máríuvísur III, 26 [Vol. 7, 735-6]

[3-4] lunds linna ‘of the tree of snakes’: This kenning is incomplete. Linna ‘of snakes’ needs another determinant, either a defensive weapon (e.g. ‘snakes of the shield’ i.e. ‘swords’) or a word for ‘land, bed, lair’ (e.g. ‘land of the snake’ i.e. ‘gold’). Skj B accordingly emends linna ‘of snakes’ to linnbóls ‘of the snake-lair’. Skald retains the reading linna ‘of snakes’, which is construed as a synonym for ‘gold’ (see NN §2800 and Note to Mv I 10/3). Kálf Kátr 14/3-4, 15/8, 33/2 and 45/7 also have defective gold-kennings.


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