Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 13. Eyvindr skáldaspillir Finnsson, 1. Hákonarmál, 20 [Vol. 1, 192]

[5] trǫð ‘path’: The sense of ll. 4-6 is that no king equal to Hákon will come in his place before Ragnarǫk. Cf. OE on lāst faran ‘go in the footprints’, i.e. ‘follow’. Other, more specific interpretations, are less convincing: Storm (1900, 117) thinks the path is Fenrir’s rather than Hákon’s. Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 79-81) argues that the reference is to the path leading to the king’s manor. Uppström (1919, 49) takes the meaning to be ‘throne’.

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