Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 7. Lausavísur, 4 [Vol. 2, 168-9]

[1, 2] í móðu spjóta ‘in the river of spears [BLOOD]’: (a) So Andersson and Gade 2000. (b) Alternatively, í móðu could stand alone as a rather curious ‘in the river’, and spjóta would form the determinant in a battle-kenning, mót spjóta ‘meeting of spears’ (Skj B). (c) Í móðu geira could be taken as ‘in the river of spears [BLOOD]’, with the object of rauð ‘reddened’ understood as weapons (Fidjestøl 1971, 49 n., as one option). (d) The F reading af móði would presumably mean ‘in his zeal’ or ‘in anger’ (Fidjestøl 1971, 49 n.).


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