Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 22. Vígfúss Víga-Glúmsson, 2. Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 1, 364]

[1] lauka ‘of leeks’: Or ‘of herbs’. The exact sense of laukr m. is somewhat elusive, but can include leek, garlic, onion, herbs and plants generally (see Guðrún P. Helgadóttir 1981). It is a stock attribute of women, forming the determinant of kennings (see LP: 1. laukr) and appearing in another context contrasting war and womanising, or at least home comforts, in Anon Sveinfl, with its image of a girl plying a man with ale and laukar.


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