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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa, 5 [Vol. 2, 355]

[1] at fréttum ‘according to reports’: Skj B connects this prepositional phrase with the next cl.: drótt fekk mikinn ótta at fréttum (translated as ved efterretningen blev folk meget forskrækkede ‘at the news people became very frightened’). That interpretation creates an awkward syntax (see NN §881). Stúfr was blind or of weak eyesight, and he must have relied on eyewitness accounts of the events in Haraldr’s life that he commemorated in his drápa.

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