Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ótt Hfl 18I l. 5

Stǫkk — fled


1. støkkva (verb): (str.) leap, spring; scatter


[5] Stǫkk: stóð 68, ‘stæykk’ 325VII


[5, 6] stǫkk ferri þér ‘fled far from you’: The sense of this helmingr is not wholly clear. If each king fled, does this mean that Óláfr subsequently captured the northernmost king and cut out his tongue (ll. 7-8)? In Snorri’s prose, the kings are surrounded and cannot flee; one is subsequently blinded, one has his tongue cut out, and three are sent into exile. Ferri, a variant on fjarri, is indicated here by the aðalhending with hverr.



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