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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Einarr Skúlason, 3. Haraldsdrápa II, 5 [Vol. 2, 548]

[4] gollunga ‘of young hawks’: Gollungr was a young hawk that could not yet fly (cf. Engl. gull, i.e. unfledged bird). See Fritzner: gollr and gollungr; AEW: gollungr. The word is also found in NGL (I, 242): Gáshauka alla er í reiðri eru teknir oc í goll. þá á landsdróttinn ‘All chickenhawks which are taken in the nest and are unable to fly belong to the landowner’ (see also NGL V: goll). Both Skj B and Skald render the form as gǫllunga (see LP: gǫllungr), most likely because this form is given in Þul Hauks 1/5III.


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