Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þórarinn stuttfeldr, 2. Lausavísur, 3 [Vol. 2, 481]

[2] Fjǫruskeifr ‘(“Shore-skewed”)’: For Árni fjǫruskeifr, see SnE 1848-87, III, 633. The meaning of this nickname cannot be established with certainty (see Finnur Jónsson 1907, 323). Fjara (gen. fjǫru) is the part of the beach left dry at ebb tide, and skeifr means ‘skewed, crooked, lopsided, slanting’. Lind (1920-1, 82) suggests that skeifr could be used in the sense ‘clumsy person’ (cf. New Norw. skeiv), and that fjǫru could refer to Árni’s birth-place or dwelling.


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