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Note to Anon Oddm 1I

[2] brand skeiðar ‘the prow of the warship’: Ágr identifies Skeiðar-Brandr as a pers. n., and this cannot be ruled out. However, it has usually been seen as a misunderstanding, and brand skeiðar is more likely to be a noun phrase meaning ‘decorative piece of wood on the side of the prow of a warship’, hence ‘(enemy’s) ship’ by synecdoche: cf. Arn Hryn 7/4II, and see Skj B, LP: skeiðarbrandr, Turville-Petre (1953, 173), von See (1977b, 64) and Frank (1978, 159); cf. also Jesch (2001a, 147-8) on brandr and Note to ÞjóðA Magnfl 12/7II on skeiðr.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Ágr = [Anonymous] Ágrip af Nóregs konunga sögum.
  5. Frank, Roberta. 1978. Old Norse Court Poetry: The Dróttkvætt Stanza. Islandica 42. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  6. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  7. Turville-Petre, Gabriel. 1953. Origins of Icelandic Literature. Oxford: Clarendon.
  8. See, Klaus von. 1977b. ‘Skaldenstrophe und Sagaprosa: Ein Beitrag zum Problem der mündlichen Überlieferung in der altnordischen Literatur’. MS 10, 58-82. Rpt. in von See 1981a, 461-85.
  9. Internal references
  10. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 191-2.
  11. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Magnússflokkr 12’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 78-80.

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