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Runic Dictionary

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Kálf Kátr 14VII l. 3

öflgir — strong


ǫflugr (adj.): mighty, strong



[3-4] öflgir þollar öglis stiettar ‘the strong fir-trees of the snake’s path [GOLD > MEN]’: In skaldic poetry the base-word öglir invariably means ‘hawk’, but it took on the changed meaning ‘snake’ in the compositions of rímur-poets (cf. Finnur Jónsson 1926-8, 418), and must be understood in that sense here and in 15/8 öglis tún, 33/2 öglis ness and 45/7 öglis túna.



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