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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorm Lv 19I l. 4

skalm — a sword


skalm (noun f.): sword < skalmǫld (noun f.): sword-age; Skálmǫld


[4] skalmǫld: ‘skam avlld’ 325V


[4] skalmǫld ‘a sword-age [BATTLE]’: The reference is to the impending doom, perhaps by allusion to Ragnarǫk (cf. Vsp 45/7, NK 10). The same word is used in reference to the battle of Svǫlðr in Hfr ErfÓl 25/6; its status as a kenning is somewhat uncertain.



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