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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 2I l. 7

guldu — gave


1. gjalda (verb): pay, repay



[7-8] en menn guldu gísla vísliga ‘but men wisely gave hostages’: The Context (above) mentions the taking of distinguished hostages, though it explains neither the circumstances of this nor the reasons for it. The circumstances may be those referred to in ÓHLeg (1982, 72), in which Óláfr captures eleven kings and gives them the option of living or dying. Some choose to submit to him, others are blinded and exiled, but there is no mention of hostages.



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