Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 30I l. 5

ǫrva — of arrows


ǫr (noun f.; °dat. -/-u; ǫrvar/ǫrar): arrow



[5] í drífu ǫrva ‘in the snow-storm of arrows [BATTLE]’: This phrase is taken here with grimmr ýtum ‘cruel to men’. It could alternatively modify blóta ‘make a sacrifice’ if it refers to the overall course of the battle, rather than the thick of the fighting. According to the ÓT account (see Context above) Hákon went ashore to sacrifice.



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