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Note to Mberf Lv 5II

[2] arm-Hlín* ‘the Hlín <goddess> of the arm [WOMAN]’: Ormlinns ‘of the snake-tree’ or ‘of the snake-fire’ (so Mork, Hr) and armlinns ‘of the arm-snake’ or ‘of the arm-tree’, ‘of the arm-fire’ (so F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ) make no sense in the present context, and the emendation is in keeping with earlier eds. Linnr usually means ‘snake’ and, more rarely, ‘tree’ (see LP: linnr 1-2).


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  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.


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