Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 2 [Vol. 7, 563-5]

[6] skorðum (dat. pl.) ‘supports’: From skorða f. ‘stay, prop’, usually used (in both prose and poetry) in the context of setting up supports for a ship. Here and in 96/6 the word becomes a poetic term, a reference to the support given to the metre by the stuðlar or alliterating letters in the odd ll. of a st. The word stuðill itself also has the meaning ‘supporting timber’ for a ship. A similar image occurs in Árni Gd 3/6IV: veglig orð, með stuðlum skorðuð ‘ magnificent words, supported with stuðlar’.


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