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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to ÞjóðA Har 2II

[1, 2] slyngr lǫngu tjaldi af sér ‘throws the long awning off [lit. off himself]’: This tjald seems to be a cover running the length of the ship and used chiefly in harbour. Casting it off, as Jesch notes, is a signal for departure once the ship is in the water. She also notes the rarity of the motif, but compares Hhund I, 26/1-2 brá stýrir stafntioldum af ‘the captain smartly pulled the stem-covers off’ (Jesch 2001a, 173 and cf. p. 165; NK 134).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  3. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.


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