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Note to Þjóð Yt 24I

[6] Holtum ‘in Holtan’: The reading of J2ˣ and R685ˣ (Holtum) is to be preferred over those of (á Holti) and F (í Holti) for metrical reasons, and is adopted in all eds except Skald and Hkr 1991, which prefer . Here the dat. is used as a locative (Konráð Gíslason 1881, 243; Yt 1925). It has usually been assumed that Holtar refers to Holtan in Borre, which lies 2-3 kilometres north of the Borre burial field. This is most likely, because according to the stanza, Hálfdan was buried in Borre (cf. Skre 2007c, 463-4). Other possibilities are Holtan in Sandefjord, not far from Huseby and Gokstad, or Holtan in Larvik (Myhre 1992b, 39).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.
  4. Konráð Gíslason. 1881. ‘Nogle bemærkninger angående Ynglingatal’. ÅNOH, 185-251.
  5. Yt 1925 = Noreen, Adolf, ed. 1925. Ynglingatal: Text, översättning och kommentar. Stockholm: Lagerström.
  6. Myhre, Bjørn. 1992b. ‘Diskusjonen om ynglingeættens gravplasser’. In Christensen et al. 1992, 35-50.
  7. Skre, Dagfinn. 2007c. ‘Towns and Markets, Kings and Central Places in South-Western Scandinavia c. AD 800-950’. In Skre 2007a, 445-69.


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