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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Ketils saga hœngs 32 (Bǫðmóðr Framarsson, Lausavísur, 3) — Bǫðmóðr [Vol. 8, 584]

[3] ok berjaz við Framar til fjár ‘and in fighting with Framarr for wealth’: This line is apparently inconsistent with the reason the saga names for the battle between Ketill and Framarr: Ketill’s refusal to give his daughter to Framarr in marriage against her will. However, Ket 38/4 refers to Ketill as ‘the father of the maiden’, suggesting the marriage motif. The line could also be understood to mean that Ketill had fought Framarr previously, although no other battle between them is mentioned in the saga. Framarr is a fairly common name in fornaldarsögur (Lind 1905-15) and is considered to be etymologically related to the adv. fram ‘forward’ and the adj. framr ‘pre-eminent, superior, prominent’ (Naumann 1912, 34).


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