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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Einarr Skúlason, 8. Eysteinsdrápa, 2 [Vol. 2, 560-1]

[3] síð ‘late’: Litotes; meaning that he will never be absolved for this action. Salvucci (2006, 869) suggests that he will obtain absolution after spending a period of atonement in purgatory, which is less likely given the early date of this text (the notion of purgatory was quite late in developing in medieval Europe). For the heinous crime of high treason, see also Notes to Þflekk Lv l. 12 and Rv Lv 32/2.


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