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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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KormǪ Sigdr 2III/2 — teins ‘twig’

Meiðr es mǫrgum œðri
morðteins í dyn fleina;
hjǫrr fær hildibǫrrum
hjarl Sigvarði jarli.

Meiðr morðteins es mǫrgum œðri í dyn fleina; hjǫrr fær hildibǫrrum Sigvarði jarli hjarl.

The tree of the battle-twig [SWORD > WARRIOR] is more outstanding than many in the din of spears [BATTLE]; the sword provides battle-ready Sigurðr jarl with land.

readings

[2] ‑teins: ‑reins all

notes

[2] morðteins ‘of the battle-twig [SWORD]’: All mss have ‑reins. But ‘reins’, which could be interpreted as hreins ‘of the reindeer’ or as m. gen. of the adj. hreinn ‘clean, pure’, does not make any sense in the present context. This edn therefore adopts the emendation ‑teins ‘of the twig’ following previous eds (SnE 1848-87, I; Skj B; Skald; SnE 1998).

kennings

grammar

case: gen.

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