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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa, 17 [Vol. 2, 447]

[1] hǫrga ‘of heathen temples’: A hǫrgr was a place of pagan worship, at one time a stone pile (pagan altar); later the term was applied to buildings in which worship took place (see Turville-Petre 1964, 239-40). Because the Wends were heathen, this is an appropriate determinant in this kenning. In 180b, the herr ‘host’ appears to be made up of Hǫrðar, men from Hordaland, Norway, which makes no sense in the context. See also Note to st. 4/7.


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