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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þul Sverða 11III

[8] valbǫst (f.) ‘sword-hilt panel’: A poetic term for parts of a sword, probably thin decorative metal plates on sword hilts (see Graham-Campbell 1980, 243-6). The first element is val- ‘the slain’ and the second from bast, a thin metal plate decorating the hilt (so Falk 1914b, 29-31; see also Kommentar V, 555). Cf. Sigrdr 6/3-5 (NK 191): oc rísta [sigrúnar] á hialti hiǫrs, | sumar á véttrimom, | sumar á valbǫstom ‘and carve [runes of victory] on the sword’s hilt, some on the battle-rims, some on the sword-hilt panels’. See also Egill Lv 42/8V (Eg 122) eld valbasta ‘fire of sword-hilt panels [SWORD]’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  3. Kommentar = von See, Klaus et al. 1997-. Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda. 6 vols (continuing). Heidelberg: Winter.
  4. Falk, Hjalmar. 1914b. Altnordische Waffenkunde. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter, II. Hist.-filos. kl. 1914, 6. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  5. Graham-Campbell, James and Dafydd Kidd. 1980. The Vikings. London: The British Museum and New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite (Egill Lv 42V (Eg 122))
  8. Not published: do not cite ()


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