Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, 2. Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa, 5 [Vol. 2, 189-90]

[7] til tírarþinga ‘for glorious encounters’: (a) Although similar in construction to a kenning, tírarþing is not a true kenning. Þing can stand alone in the sense ‘battle’ (as in Sigv Víkv 11/3I, the only sure example), and tírar ‘of glory’ has here an adjectival rather than substantival role. (b) The variant tirrar is secondary, since preserved only in the unreliable Bb, but it could be gen. sg. of a rare word for ‘sword’ (see Whaley 1998, 154).

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