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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Lv 30I/2 — hildr ‘hildr’

Ástríði lát œðri,
Alfhildr, an þik sjalfa,
þér þótt þinn hagr stórum
— þat vildi goð — batni.

Alfhildr, lát Ástríði œðri an þik sjalfa, þótt hagr þinn batni þér stórum; goð vildi þat.

Álfhildr, set Ástríðr higher than yourself, though your position is improving for you greatly; God willed it.


[2] ‑hildr: ‑hildi E


[2] Alfhildr ‘Álfhildr’: Mother of Magnús Óláfsson. According to Hkr (ÍF 27, 209), she was known as konungs ambôtt ‘the king’s servant or concubine’, though of good family, and belonged to King Óláfr’s household. The tension between Álfhildr and Queen Ástríðr once Álfhildr arrives at Magnús’s court is described in Hkr (ÍF 28, 14).



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