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2. Þórarinn stuttfeldr, 1. Stuttfeldardrápa, 5 [Vol. 2, 477]

[5, 6] þú hefr þvegizk ‘you have washed yourself’: Kock (NN §3107; Skald I) emends to þú vast þveginn ‘you were washed’ to achieve double alliteration (þú vast í vátri ‘you were in the wet’; l. 5). Sigurðr’s namesake, Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon, also submerged himself in the River Jordan (see Ív Sig 9), as did Jarl Rǫgnvaldr Kali of Orkney and his companions c. 40 years later (see Orkn, ÍF 34, 231-2).


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