Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa, 2 [Vol. 2, 397-8]

[4] á Harmi ‘in Velfjorden’: Clearly, the different scribes and redactors had problems with this p. n., and á hrafni ‘on the raven’ (so Hr), á armi ‘on the arm’ (so Mork) and af armi ‘from the arm’ (so F) represent various attempts at a lectio facilior. The fjord Velfjorden (Harmr) is located on the inner side of the island Vega in Nordland, Norway (see Storm 1900, 659 n. 3). All sources report that Þórir and his co-rebel, Egill, were hanged on the island Vomma (Vambarhólmr) north of the mouth of Velfjorden (see Theodoricus, MHN 61; Ágr, ÍF 29, 44; Fsk, ÍF 29, 304-6; Mork 1928-32, 302-4; Hkr, ÍF 28, 216-17).


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