Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 32I l. 1

Hring — mail-shirt


1. hringr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ar): ring; sword < hringskóð (noun n.)


[1] Hring‑: þing‑ Bb


[1] hringskóðs ‘mail-shirt-harmer [SWORD]’: The alliteration in l. 1 is flawed and, as in previous eds, ms. þing is here emended to hring- since a word with the stave h is needed. Konráð Gíslason (1895-7) and LP: hringskóð explain that hringr must refer by metonymy to a mail-shirt of metal rings, as it does in SnH Lv 1/3II and SnSt Ht 2/3III (and see Notes ad loc.), although in these contexts hring- is in the pl. Sword-kennings with skóð ‘harm, harmer’ and similar as base-word are standard (see Meissner 156).



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