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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 9 [Vol. 1, 103]

[8] Haklangr: According to Hkr (ÍF 26, 114), his full name was Þórir haklangr and he was the son of Kjǫtvi (cf. st. 7/4 and Note) and a great berserk. The epithet probably means ‘having a long chin’, though Lind (1920-1, 130-1) takes it to mean ‘tall man with hare-lip or cleft palate’. He may be the same Haklangr mentioned on a C10th rune stone from Lolland (von See 1961b, 110). Storm (1880) would instead identify him with Óláfr, son of Guðrøðr Rǫgnvaldsson, king of Dublin according to Irish sources.


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