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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Bjark 2III

[5-8]: The second helmingr of st. 2 can be compared with the somewhat longer version of Saxo, which is almost certainly based upon it. Friis-Jensen (1987, 152-3) offers an excellent close analysis of the literary parallels and differences between the two texts. The contrast between the pleasures of eating and drinking and associating with women, on the one hand, and the ‘hard play’ of battle, on the other, are conventional in Old Norse poetry; cf. Þhorn Harkv 6I.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Friis-Jensen, Karsten. 1987. Saxo Grammaticus as Latin Poet: Studies in the Verse Passages of the Gesta Danorum. Analecta Romana Instituti Danici. Supplementum 14. Rome: Bretschneider.
  3. Internal references
  4. R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 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. 99.


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