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Runic Dictionary

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Bjbp Jóms 3I l. 1

Dreng — The fellow


drengr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -; -ir, gen. -ja): man, warrior



[1] dreng ‘the fellow [I]’: The noun is in the acc. sg., as part of an impersonal construction. The connotations of the word drengr here are elusive. It normally has a positive, even heroic, sense such as ‘(young) man, (manly) man, warrior’, as frequently in Jóms (e.g. st. 8/2, and cf. snyrtidrengja ‘fine young warriors’, drengmenn ‘fighting-men’ in st. 39/2, 8), but it also appears in mock-heroic contexts; see Notes to Anon Sveinfl 1/6, Sigv Austv 5/2.



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