Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Sturla Þórðarson, 1. Hrynhenda, 12 [Vol. 2, 688-9]

[8] sveld ‘large’: This is the p. p. n. nom. sg. of the weak causative verb svella ‘make swell’. Finnur Jónsson says (LP: 2. svella): med hensyn til den strænge befaling om meget mandskab der skulde samles ‘in consideration of the strict order about a large number of men that should be gathered’. The herboð ‘conscripted army’ (l. 7) swelled in numbers, as men all over the Norw. kingdom received orders to join King Hákon on his expedition to Denmark.


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