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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Ormr Steinþórsson, 1. Poem about a woman, 5 [Vol. 3, 329]

[All]: The whole of the fragment is an at-clause; the remainder of the sentence is not extant (SnE 1998, I, 161). The speaker evidently expresses reluctance to be separated from the woman. In the Snæfríðr story, Haraldr is so infatuated with Snæfríðr that he never leaves her side so long as she lives and sits by her body for three years after she has died (Ágr, ÍF 29, 6; Hkr, ÍF 26, 126; Flat 1860-8, I, 582). Nothing is said, however, as to his wishes regarding the disposition of his own body after his death. This stanza and Hhárf Snædr 1I have in common the use of the words rekkr ‘man’ (l. 3) and Dvalinn (l. 4).


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