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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv ErfÓl 27I l. 3

gjallar — of clamour

lemma:

gjǫll (noun f.): clamour

readings:

[3] gjallar: ‘[…]allar’ 325VI

notes:

[3] vǫnd gjallar ‘the rod of clamour [SWORD]’: Gjǫll is a rare word, but its meaning is indicated by the cognate verb gjalla ‘resound, make a loud noise’, a concept frequent in battle-kennings, and LP: gjǫll 2 takes it as a term for battle. Skj B and Skald print it with a capital letter, perhaps implying either one of the rivers demarcating Hel (cf. Grí 28; SnE 2005, 9, 47), or the flat stone to which the Fenrisúlfr was bound (SnE 2005, 29), though the connection of either of these with swords is unclear.

kennings:

grammar:

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