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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Einarr Skúlason, 7. Runhenda, 6 [Vol. 2, 555]

[4] við Hjartarpoll ‘at Hartlepool’: This prepositional phrase could be construed with any of the three preceding clauses (but see the parallel syntactic constructions in sts 5, 6/1-4, and 7). The spelling of this p. n. in Mork could well reflect the then current pronunciation (recorded as Herterpol in 1196; see Watts 2002, 55 and Townend 1998, 36-8, 95). Hartlepool is located in County Durham on the north-eastern coast of England north of Middlesbrough.

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