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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 6. Torf-Einarr Rǫgnvaldsson, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 1, 133]

[1] sekr at sauðum ‘convicted for sheep’: (a) The reading sekr ‘convicted, outlawed’ in Hkr and ÓT is also adopted in Skj B and Skald, and apparently yields the sense in ll. 1-4 that while others kill sheep Torf-Einarr has killed a prince. This entails the slight difficulty that sekr at normally means ‘sentenced to’ not ‘sentenced for’ (von See 1960, 39). (b) The sense of the Orkn variant sénn at sauðum ‘seen with sheep’ is obscure, but the image could continue the contrast between Torf-Einarr as avenger and his apathetic brothers (cf. Note to Lv 1/7 sitr þetta), who here devote themselves to their appearance (fǫgru skeggi ‘handsome beard’) and to farm-work.


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