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Þjóð Har 4I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Poem about Haraldr hárfagri 4’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 62.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniPoem about Haraldr hárfagri
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Lúfu ‘Lúfa (‘Shaggy-locks’) [Haraldr]’

lúfa (noun f.; °-u): shaggy-locks

notes

[1] Lúfu ‘Lúfa (“Shaggy-locks”) [Haraldr]’: See st. 5/1-2 and Note to st. 5/2.

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haldask ‘holding out’

halda (verb): hold, keep

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Hafrs ‘Hafrs’

hafr (noun m.; °hafrs/-s(SnEU 56¹⁹), dat. hafri; hafrar): goat < Hafrsfjǫrðr (noun m.): [Hafrsfjorden]

notes

[8] Hafrsfirði ‘Hafrsfjorden’: On the battle and its significance, see Note to Þhorn Harkv 7/1 and biography of Haraldr in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

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firði ‘fjorden’

fjǫrðr (noun m.): fjord < Hafrsfjǫrðr (noun m.): [Hafrsfjorden]

notes

[8] Hafrsfirði ‘Hafrsfjorden’: On the battle and its significance, see Note to Þhorn Harkv 7/1 and biography of Haraldr in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

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At the battle of Hafrsfjǫrðr (Hafrsfjorden), Haraldr’s opponent King Kjǫtvi gets away onto an islet so that he cannot be taken, and his army flees, some by ship and some on land.

[1]: The same line begins Þhorn Harkv 10, which may account for the attribution of the stanza to Þorbjǫrn hornklofi in Flat; see also Note to Þhorn Harkv 10/1.

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