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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Hallv Knútdr 2III

[2] sikulgjarðar ‘of the sword-belt’: Elsewhere in skaldic poetry this cpd occurs only in Þul Skipa 5/6 (see Note there), where it may indicate some sort of sail-rope (Fritzner records no occurrences in prose). Here, though, it is a determinant combining with the base-word íss ‘ice’ (l. 4) to form a sword-kenning, and earlier eds agree that ‘sword-belt’ is the likely meaning (LP: sikulgjǫrð; Frank 1994b, 120; Jesch 2000, 246; Faulkes, SnE 1998, II, 386), though Falk (1914b, 37) suggests some sort of baldric.  Spellings with initial <sv> in R and C may show uncertainty or confusion with ON svikall, ModIcel. svikull ‘treacherous’.


  1. Bibliography
  2. 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.
  3. Jesch, Judith. 2000. ‘Knútr in Poetry and History’. In Dallapiazza et al. 2000, 243-56.
  4. Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-96. Ordbog over det gamle norske sprog. 3 vols. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske forlagsforening. 4th edn. Rpt. 1973. Oslo etc.: Universitetsforlaget.
  5. Falk, Hjalmar. 1914b. Altnordische Waffenkunde. Videnskapsselskapets skrifter, II. Hist.-filos. kl. 1914, 6. Kristiania (Oslo): Dybwad.
  6. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  7. Frank, Roberta. 1994b. ‘King Cnut in the Verse of his Skalds’. In Rumble 1994, 106-24.
  8. Internal references
  9. Elena Gurevich (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Þulur, Skipa heiti 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 869.


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