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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 4. Sexstefja, 21 [Vol. 2, 135-6]

[1] Holmbúa ‘of the Island-dwellers’: A holmr m. is a small island, but the reference of this expression is ambiguous. Finnur Jónsson suggested the inhabitants of the islands off Rogaland (Hkr 1893-1901, IV and LP), while others including the eds of Hkr (ÍF 28 and 1991) favoured the Eydanir, the Danes of Sjælland, Falster, Fyn, and many smaller islands. The implication may be that Haraldr is no less zealous in subduing rebellion within Norway as he was in the Dan. territories; cf. Arn Hardr 6.


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