Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hrafn 16II l. 3

bygðum — inhabited


2. byggja (verb; °byggir/byggvir; byggði; byggðr): inhabit, dwell; build, found < herbyggðr (adj.)


[3] ‑bygðum: bygðir 304ˣ, ‑dyggva Flat


[3, 4] á herbygðum brimskíðum hríðar ‘on the troop-inhabited surf-skis of the sea [SHIPS]’: So NN §1359 with reference to st. 2/7 above. Skj B takes hríðar ‘of the sea’ with hregg ‘hailstorm’ (l. 3), presumably to avoid an over-determined kenning. Sturla did not seem to find such kennings unacceptable at all, however. For the first element in the cpd brimskíðum ‘surf-skis’, see Note to st. 1/3-4 above. Herbygðr ‘troop-inhabited’ (dat. pl. herbygðum) (l. 3) is a hap. leg.



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