Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 10. Knútsdrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 652]

[4] flæmði út ‘drove out’: There is an unusually close parallel to this phrase, and indeed to the whole helmingr, in the ASC (s. a. 1017), describing the very same event: 7 Cnut cyning afly<m>de ut Eadwig æþeling 7 eft hine het ofslean ‘And King Cnut drove out Eadwig the atheling and afterwards ordered him to be killed’ (version C, ed. O’Brien O’Keeffe 2001, 103). OE (of)slean and ON slá are also cognate. See further the case for OE influence in Hofmann (1955, 88-90).


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