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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hskv Útdr 9II/3 — ræsir ‘the advancer’

Margdýrkaðr kom merkir
morðhjóls skipastóli
— fúss vas fremðar ræsir
friðslits — til Ívizu.

Margdýrkaðr merkir morðhjóls kom skipastóli til Ívizu; ræsir fremðar vas fúss friðslits.

The much-worshipped marker of the killing-wheel [SHIELD > WARRIOR] brought his array of ships to Ibiza; the advancer of honour [KING] was eager for peace-shattering.


[3] ræsir: ‘rásir’ H


[3-4] ræsir fremðar vas fúss friðslits ‘the advancer of honour [KING] was eager for peace-shattering’: This cl. could also be construed as ræsir friðslits vas fúss fremðar ‘the advancer of peace-shattering (i.e. ‘warrior’) was eager for honour’ (so ÍF 28). However, ræsir fremðar ‘advancer of honour’ as a circumlocution for ‘king’ is also attested in Ív Sig 11/6.




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