Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 2. Stanzas about Magnús Óláfsson in Danaveldi, 10 [Vol. 2, 98]

[6] sláni ‘the lanky fellow [I, the skald]’: Given the reference to mér ‘me’ in l. 7, this may well denote the skald. Konráð Gíslason suggested the sense that in the rapid advance even the clumsy one among ‘us’ (the Norwegians) abandoned his meandering gait (Nj 1875-8, II, 97). These two assumptions seem more likely than a reference to the people of Skåne (Skáney), direct and swift in their flight, as suggested in ÍF 28 (also Hkr 1991).


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