Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 26II l. 2

liðhraustr — the troop-bold


liðhraustr (adj.): [troop-bold]



[2] liðhraustr ‘troop-bold’: Kock (NN §3235) suggests that lið may be ‘limb’ rather than ‘troop’, and that the cpd should be understood as ‘(physically) strong’, contrasting Eiríkr’s strength with his spiritual vulnerability. However, while this is certainly an attractive suggestion (according to Saxo, Eiríkr was a very tall and strong man; see Note to st. 24 [All]), other poetic compounds with lið- in the meaning ‘limb’ as the first element are kennings for gold rings (cf. LP: liðbál ‘limb-fire’; liðband ‘limb-band’; liðbrandr ‘limb-fire’), which makes Kock’s interpretation tenuous.



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