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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Breta saga 137 (Gunnlaugr Leifsson, Merlínusspá I, 69) [Vol. 8, 105]

[6] víg ‘killing’: The heiti can mean either ‘killing’ or ‘battle’ and it is often difficult to distinguish between these senses (cf. LP: víg), but context in this passage seems to suggest the former. Bret 1848-9 has Slagmarken den röde bedækkes af Döde ‘the red battlefield is covered with the dead’ (an atypically free translation, perhaps intended to match the end-rhyme in the original) and Skj B mandefald sker ‘slaughter of men occurs’.


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