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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (biog. vol. 1), 1. Haustlǫng, 1 [Vol. 3, 432]

[4] raddkleif ‘voice-cliff [SHIELD]’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) reported in a note that the initial <r> of this cpd was beskadiget ‘damaged’ in W, though he gives ‘raddkleif’ in the variant readings, while Faulkes (SnE 1998, I, 139) claimed it was illegible by the time he came to examine it, and it is illegible now. The shield-kenning is unusual, and may not be complete, assuming the rest of an inverted tvíkent kenning comprised the gen. of a word for ‘weapon’, whose voice is battle, and whose cliff is a shield (cf. SnE 1998, II, 372). Holtsmark (1949, 9) adopts ’s reading naddkleif ‘spear-point cliff [SHIELD]’.


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