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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Tøgdr 4I/3 — nagla ‘nagel’

Ok fyr fornan
friðmenn liðu
haug Hjǫrnagla
hvasst griðfastir.
Þás stóð fyr Stað
stafnklifs drifu,
vasa eyðilig
ǫrbeiðis fǫr.

Ok griðfastir friðmenn liðu hvasst fyr fornan haug Hjǫrnagla. Þás stóð stafnklifs drifu fyr Stað, vasa fǫr ǫrbeiðis eyðilig.

And the protection-secure men of peace travelled keenly past the ancient mound of Tjernagel. When the stud-horses of the prow-cliff [SEA > SHIPS] sped past Stad, the journey of the arrow-demander [WARRIOR] was not wasted.


[3] Hjǫrnagla: ‘hiarn æla’ 325VII


[3] haug Hjǫrnagla ‘mound of Tjernagel’: Tjernagel is in southern Hordaland. As LP: haugr notes, haugr ‘mound’ in skaldic poetry can either indicate a natural hill or a man-made one (i.e. a grave-mound), and it is often unclear which is intended. The use of the adj. forn ‘old’ here may possibly suggest that the haugr Hjǫrnagla was (or was believed to be) man-made.



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