Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mv I 6VII l. 8

sax — of the sword

lemma:

2. sax (noun n.; °-; *-): sword, prow

readings:

[8] sax: ‘sa̋r’ 721

notes:

[7-8] sendi sax ‘the sender of the sword [WARRIOR]’: ‘Semdí’ and ‘sa̋r’ (sár ‘wound’) (so 721) must be parts of a kenning for ‘man’. The emendation to sendi (m. dat. sg.) ‘sender’ is supported by the internal rhyme (-und- : -end-), and ‘sa̋r’ must be a corrupt version of the determinant (here: sax [n. gen. sg.] ‘of the sword’). The emendations follow those of Skj B and Skald. Sperber suggests sendi sárs ‘the sender of the wound’ i.e. ‘warrior, man’ (so also Wrightson).

kennings:

grammar:

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