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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson (biog. vol. 1), Bersǫglisvísur, 6 [Vol. 2, 17-18]

[7, 8] laukjǫfn lǫg ‘the just laws’: Laukjǫfn lit. ‘straight as a leek’, i.e. ‘fair, just’ (hap. leg.). Skj B takes this adj. with the last cl. The legislation of Óláfr Tryggvason is mentioned by Oddr Snorrason, on the authority of Sæmundr inn fróði (see ÓTOdd 1932, 114, ch. 36). Óláfr Haraldsson, Magnús’s father, is said to have revised the laws of Hákon inn góði (see st. 5 above) and to have promulgated a Christian law code on the advice of Bishop Grímkell and other clerics (ÍF 27, 73).


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