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Note to Sigv Nesv 4I

[5] kvistingar ‘for the maiming’: Or strictly ‘lopping’, which resonates with the metaphorical sigrviðir ‘trees of victory [WARRIORS]’ in st. 1/5. Guðbrandur Vigfússon (CPB II, 580) comments, ‘The men were cut down as saplings’, and cf. Jón Skaptason’s translation (1983, 72) as ‘dismembering’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. CPB = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and F. York Powell, eds. 1883. Corpus poeticum boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon. Rpt. 1965, New York: Russell & Russell.


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