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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 20II l. 6

hríð — blizzard


hríð (noun f.; °-ar; -ir): time, storm < eldhríð (noun f.): [sword-blizzard]



[6] eldhríð ‘sword-blizzard [BATTLE]’: Eldr, like logi, usually means ‘fire’, but is also a heiti for ‘sword’ in Þul Sverða 8/2III; cf. runnr elda ‘tree of swords [WARRIOR]’ in Anon Óldr 11I (C12th). It would be a strange coincidence if, as Finnur Jónsson assumes in Skj B, an original oddr ‘point’ had been corrupted to eldr both in Óldr 11 and in st. 20 (where emendation to odd- was originally proposed by Gudbrand Vigfusson, Orkn 1887, 59 n. 4).



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