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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Anonymous Poems, 2. Nóregs konungatal, 4 [Vol. 2, 764]

[4] inn hárfagri ‘(“the Fair-haired”)’: Haraldr had vowed not to cut his hair before he became sole ruler of Norway, and his thick and tangled locks earned him the nickname lúfa ‘Shaggy-locks’. Once his sovereignty had been established, he had his hair cut and received the new nickname hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ on account of his beautiful hair. See Ágr (ÍF 29, 3), Fsk (ÍF 29, 70), HhárfHkr (ÍF 26, 122).


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