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Sturl Hákkv 22II/6 — of ‘around’

Þar sighljóð
syngja knáttu
harða hvell
hvössum munni
í herför
of höfuð manna
Högna mans
hlýrna dísir

Þar knáttu dísir hlýrna mans Högna syngja harða hvell sighljóð hvössum munni of höfuð manna í herför.

There the dísir <minor female deities> of the sun and moon of Hǫgni’s <legendary hero’s> girl [= Hildr (hildr ‘battle’) > SHIELDS > VALKYRIES] sang very shrill battle-songs with a sharp mouth around the heads of men in the army-campaign.

readings

[6] of: um 81a, om. Flat

notes

[6] of höfuð manna ‘around the heads of men’: The cpd höfuðsmanna (gen. pl.) ‘of leaders’ (so F, 42ˣ, 8, Flat) is ungrammatical because the prep. of ‘around’ does not take the gen.

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