Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhelg Lv 4I l. 2

varr — of the wake


1. vǫrr (noun m.; °dat. verri; acc. vǫrru): oar-stroke < varrblik (noun n.)


[2] varr‑: ‘var‑’ Flat


[2, 3] eyjar varrbliks ‘island of the wake-glitter [GOLD > WOMAN]’: (a) Adopted here, following Kock (NN §597), is the minor emendation or normalisation of ms. ‘var’ to varr-, the combination form of vǫrr ‘wake of a ship, oar-stroke’, which is quite common in kennings (see LP: 2. vǫrr). (b) Finnur Jónsson appears to take the word as vǫr ‘landing-place, land’, forming a sea-kenning with aurborðs ‘ship’s plank’ (LP: 1. aurborð, ey, varblik), though this stanza is not cited in LP: 2. vǫr f. ‘landing-place’; see further Note to l. 4. 



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