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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 5I l. 6

váttandi — witness


váttandi (noun m.): [witness] < hljómváttandi (noun m.)



[6, 8] -váttandi; dóms ‘witness; of the verdict’: This is the only record of váttandi ‘witness’ in the skaldic corpus, and as the base-word of the warrior-kenning it extends the legal metaphor established by dóms ‘verdict’, base-word of the battle-kenning. Such legal vocabulary is relatively rare, though cf. Hókr Eirfl 6/8 vápneiðr ‘weapon-oath [BATTLE]’, and see Notes to Hfr ErfÓl 8/1, 8/4.



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