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Anon (TGT) 16III l. 2

Hjǫrleifi — Hjǫrleifr


Hjǫrleifr (noun m.): Hjǫrleifr


[2] Hjǫrleifi: ‘oleifí’ W


[All]: The prothesis here involves the addition of a first element to the pers. n. Leifr to form the cpd Hjǫrleifr (Óleifr in W) fyrir atburðar sakir hreysti hans ‘because of the circumstances of his valour’ (TGT 1927, 62). Ingólfr and (Hjǫr-)leifr were the first permanent settlers in Iceland. According to Ldn (ÍF 1, 41), Leifr took a sword from a burial mound in Ireland, after which he was known as Hjǫrleifr (‘Sword-Leifr’). — [2] Hjǫrleifi ‘Hjǫrleifr’: Ms. W’s reading Óleifi may have been influenced by aðalhendingar of -reif- with the name Óláfr in C11th-12th poetry, e.g. ÚlfrU Húsdr 1/2.



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