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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson, Lausavísur, 25 [Vol. 2, 603]

[5, 8] norðr ok norðan til Nerbónar ‘north and from the north to Narbonne’: Kock argues (NN §1156) that the news of the battle went north (to Norway!) from Narbonne, however this is at odds with Rǫgnvaldr’s other sts which are obsessed with the woman in Narbonne, i.e. Ermingerðr (see Note to st. 15 [All]). He is saying that the news will reach her from both directions, north and south (cf. Bibire 1988; also Skj B and ÍF 34).


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