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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hál 5I/6 — hrør ‘body’

Ok náreiðr
á nesi drúpir
þars víkr deilir.
Þars fjǫlkunnt
of fylkis hrør
steini merkt

Ok náreiðr vingameiðr drúpir á nesi, þars deilir víkr. Þars fjǫlkunnt Straumeyjarnes merkt steini of hrør fylkis.

And the corpse-bearing swaying tree droops on the headland, where it separates the bays. There the well-known Straumeyjarnes is marked by a stone over the ruler’s body.


[6] hrør: ‘hrǿ̨ðr’ F, ‘hreyr’ J2ˣ


[6] hrør ‘body’: This is the reading of the main ms., and the F reading may be a corruption of it. It is possible that the variant hreyr in J2ˣ represents an older form of a word for ‘burial place, cairn’; cf. Þjóð Yt 6/2 and Note.



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