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Note to stanza
[All]: Hákon’s desire to keep his weapons (which recalls the image of slain princes sitting fully armed in st. 9) has been variously explained. Olsen (1916a) explains it as a sign that he wishes to be prepared at all times for the great final battle of the einherjar, and Paasche (1916) as a necessary precaution in the presence of Eiríkr and his allies (rendering ironic Bragi’s reassurance in the preceding stanza that Hákon has eight brothers in Valhǫll). See also Holm-Olsen (1953, 161).
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