Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þhorn Gldr 3I l. 2

harð — The hard


harðr (adj.; °comp. -ari; superl. -astr): hard, harsh < harðráðr (adj.): hard-ruling


[2] harðráðr: ‘ha(r)þ(ráþr)’(?) U


[1] hæstrar tíðar ‘at the best time’: Hæstr, sup. of hôr ‘high, excellent’ (LP: hôr 4). — [1-4] harðráðr hrjóðr ins bleika fáks bôru ... barnungr ‘the hard-ruling clearer of the pale horse of the wave [SHIP > SEA-WARRIOR = Haraldr] ... [when] child-young’: The elements of the kenning and the two adjectives accompanying it are distributed across all four lines of the first helmingr, each at the beginning of a line. Mohr (1933, 13) calls this pattern Tiefstellung (lit. ‘deep-placement’); see also Reichardt (1928, 131) and NN §408.



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