Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Anonymous Poems, 2. Liðsmannaflokkr, 10 [Vol. 1, 1028]

[3] ár ‘the year’: Here interpreted as an adv. = ‘in the year’; cf. Bǫlv Hardr 3/3II hvert ár ‘every year’. An alternative possibility is ‘early’ (cf. in der Frühe, ÓHLeg 1982, 53). Finnur Jónsson combined it with Ilmr (l. 4) by tmesis to produce ár-Ilmr ‘food-Ilmr [WOMAN]’ (Skj B; LP: 1. ár 3, ár-Ilmr, 2. Ilmr). This would be the only example of a woman-kenning with food (other than laukar ‘leeks, herbs’) as the determinant (cf. Meissner 418), and it seems forced.


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