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Runic Dictionary

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Bjbp Jóms 26I l. 2

ólmr — Furious


olmr (adj.; °compar. -ari, superl. -astr): fierce, furious


[2] ólmr: álmr all others


[2] ólmr Goll-Búi ‘furious Gull-Búi (“Gold-Búi”)’: The ÓT reading álmr gall for ólmr Gull- gives ‘the elm-bow resounded’. This makes sense in itself (cf. Ótt Knútdr 8/2 almr gall hátt ‘the bow cried loudly’) but does not fit the remainder of the helmingr, and it produces aðalhending with hjálma where only skothending is normal in Jóms (see Introduction). Búi’s nickname Gull- ‘Gold-’ presumably alludes, albeit in anticipation at this point in Jóms, to his famous leap from his ship with a chest of gold in each hand, as described in sts 36-7; the nickname occurs in that context in st. 37/4.



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