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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 23 [Vol. 1, 50]

[8] á braddi raðar ‘at the edge of the ridge’: Rǫð (gen. raðar) is the long glacial moraine running along the coast south-west of Borre towards Brunlanes, today called ra’et (Bugge 1894, 144; Storm 1899, 114-15; ÍF 26; on Borre, see Note to st. 24/10). Snorri locates Eysteinn’s burial mound in Borre, eptir á rǫðinni út við sjá við Vǫðlu ‘along the ridge out by the sea by the Vaðla’. But there is no river near Borre that could correspond to the Vaðla. Storm (1899, 116) suggests therefore that the mound lay at the southern end of the moraine because a river running between Farrisvannet and Larvik empties into the sea there, which could correspond to the stanza’s Vaðla (see Note to l. 11).

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