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ÞSjár Frag 1III l. 2

sólborðs — of the ship-plank


sólborð (noun n.): [ship-plank]


[2] sólborðs: ‘solb[…]z’ W


[2] sólborðs ‘of the ship-plank’: Lit. ‘of the sun-board’. The meaning of this word is unclear (see SnE 1998, II, 398). Falk (1912, 19, 54) and Fritzner: sólborð list it as synonymous with sólbyrðingr ‘sun-board’, apparently a row of planks above the railing of the ship (to measure the height of the sun?). Lúðvík Kristjánsson (1982, 153-4) believed it to be a strake just above the surface of a ship floating without a cargo, or the second, third, or fourth plank from the top in the side of a ship.



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