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Note to ÞjóðA Sex 10II

[2] of þunnri skǫr ‘around the thin planking’: The ms. readings suggest of ‘around’ as the most likely starting point, but the H-Hr reading und ‘under’ also makes good sense, and is adopted by Finnur Jónsson in Hkr 1893-1901 and Skj B. The exact nature of the image depends on the meaning of skǫr, which strictly refers to the joining of strakes but hence could refer to the planking or, pars pro toto, to the whole ship (Jesch 2001a, 177, 140; Hkr 1893-1901, IV on pars pro toto). Depending on the exact reference of skǫr, þunnri here could mean either ‘thin’ or ‘narrow’.

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. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  4. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. Internal references
  6. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].

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