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Note to Anon Vitn 20VII

[5-6] skorða vita hattar ‘prop of the beacon of the hat [GOLD > WOMAN]’: So Sperber and Wrightson. A comparable kenning is unattested. Skj B and Skald emend hattar to handar ‘of the hand’ which is construed as a determinant in a woman-kenning: skorða vita handar ‘the prop of the beacon of the hand [GOLD > WOMAN]’. However, handar ‘of the hand’ leaves the l. without an internal rhyme. Sperber (1911, 72) suggests that vita hattar ‘beacon of the hat’ refers to golden adornment on a hat. Skorða ‘prop’ was a wooden post used to support beached ships. Mar (1871, 302) reads as follows: Þat er minn vitnisbvrðr at þv segir satt hvert orð af þessv efni ‘It is my testimony, that you tell the complete truth [lit. every word true] concerning this matter’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.

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