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Útsteinn Útkv 2VIII (Hálf 41)

Hubert Seelow (ed.) 2017, ‘Hálfs saga ok Hálfsrekka 41 (Útsteinn Gunnlaðarson, Útsteinskviða 2)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 337.

Útsteinn GunnlaðarsonÚtsteinskviða
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Steini ‘for Steinn’

Steinn (noun m.): Steinn

notes

[4] Steini ‘for Steinn’: That is, for himself, Útsteinn. On the names Innsteinn and Útsteinn, see Hálf 26/4 and Note there.

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snimma ‘soon’

snemma (adv.): early

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at ‘at’

3. at (prep.): at, to

[6] at: ‘a’ 2845

notes

[6] at sverðtogi ‘at the sword-drawing [BATTLE]’: The kenning sverðtog for ‘battle’, listed by Meissner 192, occurs also in SnSt Ht 54/6III. The emendation of ms. ‘a’ to at reflects normal Old Norse usage when expressing the idea of location ‘at’ a battle.

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sverð ‘the sword’

sverð (noun n.; °-s; -): sword < sverðtog (noun n.): [sword-drawing]

kennings

sverðtogi.
‘the sword-drawing. ’
   = BATTLE

the sword-drawing. → BATTLE

notes

[6] at sverðtogi ‘at the sword-drawing [BATTLE]’: The kenning sverðtog for ‘battle’, listed by Meissner 192, occurs also in SnSt Ht 54/6III. The emendation of ms. ‘a’ to at reflects normal Old Norse usage when expressing the idea of location ‘at’ a battle.

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togi ‘drawing’

tog (noun n.; °; dat. -um): leader < sverðtog (noun n.): [sword-drawing]

kennings

sverðtogi.
‘the sword-drawing. ’
   = BATTLE

the sword-drawing. → BATTLE

notes

[6] at sverðtogi ‘at the sword-drawing [BATTLE]’: The kenning sverðtog for ‘battle’, listed by Meissner 192, occurs also in SnSt Ht 54/6III. The emendation of ms. ‘a’ to at reflects normal Old Norse usage when expressing the idea of location ‘at’ a battle.

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högginn ‘be struck’

hǫggva (verb): to strike, put to death, cut, hew

notes

[7] högginn: Given as hǫggvinn by Skj B, Skald, Hálf 1909 and Edd. Min., höggvinn in FSGJ. Both forms of the p. p. are recorded (cf. Fritzner: höggva).

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roðinn ‘reddened’

rjóða (verb): to redden

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