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Note to Sigm Lv 2II

[1] þembiþrjóti ‘the swollen stubborn fellow’: Most eds agree that this must refer to Sveinn Ásleifarson, Sigmundr’s step-father. Though the first element is not otherwise recorded, it appears to be related to the adj. þambr ‘swollen’ (LP; AEW). Finnbogi Guðmundsson (ÍF 34, 232) suggests that Sveinn had a beer-belly.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.
  3. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. ÍF 34 = Orkneyinga saga. Ed. Finnbogi Guðmundsson. 1965.

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