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ÞjóðA Run 2II/4 — hróðrs ‘of praise poetry’

Eykr Ôleifs feðr
Járnsǫxu veðr
harðræði hvert,
svát hróðrs es vert.

Veðr Járnsǫxu eykr hvert harðræði feðr Ôleifs, svát hróðrs es vert.

His gale of Járnsaxa <giantess> [MIND] increases every tough exploit for Óláfr’s father [= Haraldr], so that it is worthy of praise poetry.


[4] hróðrs: ‘hrodis’


[4] hróðrs ‘of praise poetry’: The primary meaning of hróðr m. is ‘praise, glory’, but in skaldic poetry the sense ‘(praise) poetry’ dominates (Kreutzer 1977, 52-4). The thought is similar to that of ÞjóðA Magnfl 19 (the provision of subject-matter for the skald).



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