Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 5II l. 6

skafls — scraper

lemma:

skafl (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): snow-drift < hrøkkviskafl (noun m.)

readings:

[6] ‑skafls: ‘skalfs’ H, ‘kafls’ Flat

notes:

[6] hrøkkviskafls ‘of the curving scraper’: Another time-honoured editorial solution. Skafl m. normally means ‘(snow-)drift’ or ‘high wave or sea’, yet the symmetry of the st. seems to demand a term which will combine with húða ‘of skins’ to produce some attribute of the tanner which will be determinant to a kenning for ‘tanner’ with the giant-name Geirrøðr as base-word, and the translation ‘scraper’, highlighting a major aspect of the tanner’s craft, seems justified on the basis of skafa f. ‘scraper’ and the verb skafa ‘scrape’ as well as skaf(-dreki) ‘scraping dragon’ in Lv 6/3.

kennings:

grammar:

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