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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Poems, Oddmjór, 1 [Vol. 1, 1001]

[2] brand skeiðar ‘the prow of the warship’: Ágr identifies Skeiðar-Brandr as a pers. n., and this cannot be ruled out. However, it has usually been seen as a misunderstanding, and brand skeiðar is more likely to be a noun phrase meaning ‘decorative piece of wood on the side of the prow of a warship’, hence ‘(enemy’s) ship’ by synecdoche: cf. Arn Hryn 7/4II, and see Skj B, LP: skeiðarbrandr, Turville-Petre (1953, 173), von See (1977b, 64) and Frank (1978, 159); cf. also Jesch (2001a, 147-8) on brandr and Note to ÞjóðA Magnfl 12/7II on skeiðr.


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