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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Þjóð Yt 17I

[10] brandnói ‘the fire-ship [HOUSE]’: Cf. st. 4/10 arinkjóll ‘hearth-ship [HOUSE]’. The alternative suggestion (Hkr 1893-1901, IV) that the determinant is brandar ‘beams (decorating a house)’ is unlikely since brandar are also part of a ship (Jesch 2001a, 147-8). According to the interpretation proposed by Lindqvist (1936, 306), the stanza describes a funeral pyre aboard a ship (likewise Norr 1996, 26-7), but the second kenning in l. 14, nǫkkvi toptar ‘boat of the building plot [HOUSE]’ tells against this interpretation.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  3. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Lindqvist, Sune. 1936. Uppsala högar och Ottarshögen. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.
  5. Norr, Svante. 1996. ‘Gamla Uppsala, kungamakt och skriftliga källor’. In Duczko 1993-6, II, 21-36.


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