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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to ÞjóðA Sex 7II

[7] gráligt mark ‘a hostile mark’: ‘Hostile, malicious’ is the normal sense of adj. gráligt, but its etymological sense ‘greyish’ may perhaps also resonate with the mention in the first helmingr of the proverbially grey wolf. For possible influence of the st., and especially of this phrase, on Theodoricus’s Historia, see Frank 1978, 124.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Frank, Roberta. 1978. Old Norse Court Poetry: The Dróttkvætt Stanza. Islandica 42. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  3. Theodoricus = Theodrici monachi historia de antiquitate regum Norwagiensium. In MHN 1-68.


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