Note to stanza
[3, 4] ǫrð svans sveita ‘the corn of the swan of blood [RAVEN > CORPSE]’: The hero cuts down his enemies like corn, making them into carrion. As Fidjestøl (1982, 141) notes, the expression is proleptic, telescoping the phases of action. On the collective use of ǫrð ‘corn’, see Note to st. 28/4.
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