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Note to Sigv ErfÓl 15I

[3] skorðu skæ-Njǫrðungum ‘the Njǫrðungar <gods> of the steed of the prop [(lit. ‘steed-Njǫrðungar of the prop’) SHIP > MEN]’: Njǫrðungar appears to be derived from the god-name Njǫrðr, and is used in kennings for ‘man’ or ‘warrior’, always in the pl., and normally in compounds (LP: njǫrðungar). Skorða ‘prop’, used occasionally in ship-kennings (Meissner 215), is a support for the ship on dry land (Jesch 2001a, 171).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Meissner = Meissner, Rudolf. 1921. Die Kenningar der Skalden: Ein Beitrag zur skaldischen Poetik. Rheinische Beiträge und Hülfsbücher zur germanischen Philologie und Volkskunde 1. Bonn and Leipzig: Schroeder. Rpt. 1984. Hildesheim etc.: Olms.
  3. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.

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