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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Anonymous Lausavísur, 2. Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar, 1about cheese anchors [Vol. 2, 815-16]

[2] Dana eybaugs ‘of the Danes of the island-ring [SEA]’: Designates the inhabitants of coastal Denmark (cf. sæbyggvar ‘people living by the sea’; Fritzner: sæbyggi; NN §909; see also Eydanir ‘Island-Danes’ in ÞjóðA Har 6/2 and Mark Eirdr 22/8). Eybaugs could also qualify þing ‘object’ (l. 4) in which case þat þing eybaugs ‘that object of the island-ring (i.e. sea)’ would refer to the anchor rings (so ÍF 28; ÍF 29). Skj B opts for the latter, but adopts the E variant: þau þing eybaugs of ǫngruðu þengil ‘those objects of the island-ring angered the lord’ (ll. 2-4).


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