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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 18. Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, 1. Hákonardrápa, 1 [Vol. 1, 279]

[3] kind Gamla ‘the kin of Gamli [= Eiríkssynir]’: The kenning appears to denote the Eiríkssynir, the sons of Eiríkr blóðøx and Gunnhildr. Gamli, who died at the battle of Rastarkálfr c. 955 (cf. Eyv Lv 6/4 and Note) was the eldest of them. However, kind would normally refer to sons or descendants rather than brothers, and there is an alternative possibility (mentioned by Finnur Jónsson, LP: kind) that this Gamli is Gormr inn gamli ‘the Old’, the Danish king who was maternal grandfather of the Eiríkssynir.


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