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Sturl Hákkv 20II/3 — örvar ‘of the arrow’

Reið blóðlaukr
á berum knerri
örvar áss
járni slunginn,
en gandreið
grænna skjalda
Svölnis vegg
sleit á lopti.

Blóðlaukr, slunginn járni, reið á berum knerri áss örvar, en gandreið grænna skjalda sleit vegg Svölnis á lopti.

The blood-mast [SWORD], encircled by iron, swung onto the bare ship of the god of the arrow [= Ullr > SHIELD], and the riding troll-women of green shields [AXES] tore the wall of Svǫlnir <= Óðinn> [SHIELD] in the air.


[3] örvar: örva F


[2-3] berum knerri áss örvar ‘the bare ship of the god of the arrow [= Ullr > SHIELD]’: The god Ullr was known for his hunting attributes (see SnE 1998, I, 19). His ship was a shield (see SnE 1998, I, 67 and n.). The rationale for this kenning type is not clear. See Note to ÞjóðA Frag 3/2. See also Sturl Hryn 15/6.




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