Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Tøgdr 2I l. 8

ríkari — more powerful

lemma:

ríkr (adj.): mighty, powerful, rich

readings:

[8] ríkari: líkari FskAˣ

notes:

[7, 8] ríkari sǫgu ‘more powerful than [any] telling’: The sense seems to be that the poet is glad he saw the ship, rather than simply hearing about it. Snorri Sturluson (ÍF 27, 310) comments that Þórarinn is here boasting that he himself was present on Knútr’s expedition to Norway. The alternative possibility is that this is a rhetorical figure, declaring that the sight was greater than he could possibly tell in words.

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