Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 4. Sexstefja, 10 [Vol. 2, 122]

[2] of þunnri skǫr ‘around the thin planking’: The ms. readings suggest of ‘around’ as the most likely starting point, but the H-Hr reading und ‘under’ also makes good sense, and is adopted by Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901 and Skj B. The exact nature of the image depends on the meaning of skǫr, which strictly refers to the joining of strakes but hence could refer to the planking or, pars pro toto, to the whole ship (Jesch 2001a, 177, 140; Hkr 1893-1901, IV on pars pro toto). Depending on the exact reference of skǫr, þunnri here could mean either ‘thin’ or ‘narrow’.


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