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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Bragi inn gamli Boddason, 1. Ragnarsdrápa, 12 [Vol. 3, 46]

[All]: It is clear that ll. 3-4 form a refrain (stef), as they are exactly the same, to judge by the scribes’ abbreviations of the stef, as ll. 3-4 of st. 7, which come at the end of the stanzas of Rdr dealing with the legend of Jǫrmunrekkr. Lines 1-2 of each stanza are also similar, in that the narrating voice draws attention to the fact that images of these two legends can be seen on a shield, and employs an elaborate kenning for it.


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