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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 4. Poem about Óláfr Tryggvason, 6 [Vol. 1, 1067]

[6] dyrðill ‘cloak’: This word is usually explained as meaning ‘tail, stump’ (ÍO, ONP: dyrðill), in which case ÓT’s prose (see Note to [All] above) must be using it as a pars pro toto for Þorkell himself. Alternatively, as the prose sources imply, it could mean ‘precious garment, finery’ (from dýrð f. ‘splendour, splendid thing’, ONP: dýrðill; cf. ÍF 25, 268 n. 1). Dyrðill is both a common noun and Þorkell’s nickname, which appears in the younger metathesised form as dyðrill in some mss (cf. ÍF 25, 268; ÍF 26, 302 n. 2). It is taken here as a reference to Þorkell’s splendid cloak (see st. 7), but it could equally well refer to Þorkell; Skj B translates vendr dyrðill þinn as a direct address: du, din prægtige Dyrdil ‘you, fine Dyrðill’.


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