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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hryn 12II l. 7

borgarmǫnnum — in the townsmen


borgarmaðr (noun m.; °acc. ·mann; ·menn): [in townsmen]



[7, 8] unnuð borgarmǫnnum stalldræp hjǫrtu ‘you caused terror-struck hearts in the townsmen’: The variant stalldræp hjǫrtu is certainly correct, for the reading, stall hjǫrtu, is metrically deficient. Vinna e-m stalldræpt hjǫrtu is probably a secondary variant of the phrase hjarta drepr stall ‘the heart is stopped/struck (with terror)’ which Arnórr uses in Þorfdr 7 (see Note to ll. 5 and 8). Halldór Halldórsson (1965, 41 and 62) suggests that the adj. stalldræpr was formed by Arnórr himself. It otherwise only occurs in RvHbreiðm Hl 30/4III, composed a century later.



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