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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sturl Hrafn 16II

[3, 4] á herbygðum brimskíðum hríðar ‘on the troop-inhabited surf-skis of the sea [SHIPS]’: So NN §1359 with reference to st. 2/7 above. Skj B takes hríðar ‘of the sea’ with hregg ‘hailstorm’ (l. 3), presumably to avoid an over-determined kenning. Sturla did not seem to find such kennings unacceptable at all, however. For the first element in the cpd brimskíðum ‘surf-skis’, see Note to st. 1/3-4 above. Herbygðr ‘troop-inhabited’ (dat. pl. herbygðum) (l. 3) is a hap. leg.


  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. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.


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