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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 20 [Vol. 1, 44]

[6] leistum hyrjar ‘with soles of fire’: The OIcel. and ModIcel. meaning of leistr is certainly ‘socks’ and is the basis of the translations in ÍF 26 and Hkr 1991. Most interpreters, however, assume a supposedly older meaning ‘foot, track’, cf. Goth. laists, OHG leist, OE lāst ‘track, footstep, trace’ (Konráð Gíslason 1881, 237; Hkr 1893-1901, IV; Skj B). Noreen (1912a, 9; 1912b, 132) and Kock (NN §78) translate this as ‘with white-hot steps’.


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