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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þloft Tøgdr 5I/2 — svangs ‘of the hull’

Knôttu súðir
svangs mjǫk langar
byrrǫmm bera
brimdýr fyr Stim.
Svá liðu sunnan
svalheims valar,
at kom norðr í Nið
nýtr herflýtir.

Byrrǫmm brimdýr knôttu bera mjǫk langar súðir svangs fyr Stim. Valar svalheims liðu svá sunnan, at nýtr herflýtir kom norðr í Nið.

The wind-strong surf-animals [SHIPS] brought the very long planks of the hull past Stemmet. The steeds of the cool world [sea] [SEA > SHIPS] travelled in such a way from the south, that the capable army-speeder came north into Nidelven.


[2] svangs: svans 325XI 2 g, svang DG8


[2] svangs ‘of the hull’: (a) Following ÍF 27, this preserves the ms. form by interpreting svangs as gen. sg. of *svangr, a strong variant of svangi, ‘(taut) belly’, and assuming that this qualifies súðir ‘planks’. The same approach is taken by CVC: svangi, which suggests ‘belly-boards’ for the phrase. (b) Skj B and Skald both emend to svǫng (n. nom. pl. adj.) ‘slim, slender’ agreeing with brimdýr ‘sea-animals [SHIPS]’. Though giving excellent sense, this has no ms. support.



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