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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Einarr Skúlason, 7. Runhenda, 9 [Vol. 2, 557-8]

[3] Parta ‘of the Partar’: This ethnic name also occurs in Sigv Víkv 8/7I. Poole (1980, 276) argues that the Partar were the inhabitants of Partney, Lincolnshire, but that identification is problematic (see the discussion by Townend 1998, 62-5). Rather, it appears that Einarr, to achieve alliteration on [p], lifted the name from Sigvatr, whose st. also contains the adj. prúðr ‘splendid’ (prúðum Pǫrtum ‘splendid Partar’).


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