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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr, 9 [Vol. 2, 506-7]

[5-8]: The water which God had consecrated must refer to the River Jordan. Although this is not stated explicitly in the prose of Mork, Hkr, which does not cite this st., gives the following account (ÍF 28, 297): Þá byrjaði hann ferð sína út til Jórsala ok kom til Jórdánar ‘Then he embarked on his journey to Jerusalem and came to the River Jordan’. In general, Scandinavian rulers who embarked on pilgrimages were fond of washing themselves in this river (see, e.g. Þstf Stuttdr 5 and Rv Lv 27).


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