Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 19. Tindr Hallkelsson, Hákonardrápa, 3 [Vol. 1, 343]

[5] á sandi ‘on the sand’: Á sundi ‘in the inlet’, the reading of and 39, is also possible, but it is likely to be an error influenced by the preceding sundr, while sandi has broader support across the stemma and is adopted by previous eds (Hkr 1893-1901, IV; Skj B; Skald; ÍF 26). Since the battle is stated in poetic and prose sources to have been fought at sea, the reference to sand is obscure, unless the fighting was close enough to the shore that Hákon could throw his mail-shirt on to the sand (cf. Ohlmarks 1958, 413).


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