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Note to Þorm Lv 24I

[7] ok danskra vápna ‘and of Danish weapons’: The phrase forms, with Dags ‘of Dagr’, the cpd determinant of a battle-kenning. Danskra ‘Danish’ could constitute evidence that Danes fought against Óláfr in the battle (so Finnur Jónsson 1932-3, 78), or only that Óláfr’s opponents had assistance from Knútr, on whose behalf the king’s opponents fought (so Gordon 1957, 240). Kock’s danska (vápna) ‘of Danish (weapons)’ (Skald; NN §714) may be an error, since danska is not in any ms. and gen. pl. -ra would be expected; and cf. NN §1991 anm. 2.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Gordon, E. V. 1957. An Introduction to Old Norse. 2nd edn rev. A. R. Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. Finnur Jónsson. 1932-3. ‘Þórmóðr Kolbrúnarskald’. APS 7, 31-82.


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