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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson (biog. vol. 1), Bersǫglisvísur, 12 [Vol. 2, 23-4]

[6] í feldi (m. dat. sg.) ‘into their cloaks’: Lit. ‘into the cloak’. The variant form felda (m. acc. pl.; so Skj B; Skald; ÍF 29, 214-15) implies motion (into the cloaks), whereas the dat. feldi indicates ‘motion in situ’. Hiding one’s head in a cloak is an indication of unhappiness and frustration (see ÍF 2, 148; Egill Lv 16/5-8V; Note to Anon (MH) [7]).


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