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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 36. Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson, Lausavísur, 4 [Vol. 1, 521]

[8] boða geirþorps ‘the messenger of the spear-settlement [SHIELD > WARRIOR]’: Cf. NN §1110, and see Note to l. 7 Gunnr hvítinga for Finnur Jónsson’s interpretation. The selection of boði as base-word of the warrior-kenning, rather than the usual ôrr ‘envoy, messenger’ (Meissner 272-3), together with the overall setting and context of the stanza, may suggest paronomasia on boði ‘breaker, wave breaking at shore-line’.


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