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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 491]

[7] lind ‘linden-shield’: The word refers primarily to the linden- or lime-tree and its wood, and therefore, though it most commonly denotes a ‘shield’, other wooden objects may be signified. ‘Spear’ is possible here (so Skj B, cf. Hkr 1893-1901, IV), while ÍF 26 and ÍF 29 suggest ‘ship’ via the sense ‘mast’.


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