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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Ótt Hfl 8I

[2] bryggjur ‘the wharves’: Or possibly ‘bridges’. For discussion of the use of bryggja see Note to Sigv Víkv 6/4 and Jesch (2001a, 51 n. 9). Jesch notes, citing Fell (1981b, 115), that if the term here means ‘bridge’, then it shows a semantic loan from the cognate OE brycg; but that the traditional meaning of ON bryggja, ‘wharf, jetty’, is perfectly possible here, and favoured by the fact that bryggjur is pl. whereas only one bridge is known from the time.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Fell, Christine E. 1981b. ‘Víkingarvísur’. In Dronke et al. 1981, 106-22.
  3. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  4. Internal references
  5. Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 6’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 541.


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