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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnússflokkr, 11 [Vol. 2, 77-8]

[3] hǫrð boð þrifusk ‘stern commands brought results’: Even if these three words are taken together as a complete cl. (and they are not in Skj B), there are multiple possibilities. ÍF 28 translates ekki skorti eggjanir ‘there was no shortage of incitement’ (cf. a similar rendering in Hkr 1991), while Kock, taking the H, Hr reading borð ‘shields’ rather than the Hkr reading boð ‘commands’, arrives at hǫrð þrifusk borð ‘a grip was taken on the hard shields’ (Skald; NN §851). But although the verb þrífa can mean ‘grip’, the middle voice þrífask usually means ‘flourish, prosper’.


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