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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, 1. Gamanvísur, 4 [Vol. 2, 39-40]

[All]: In Mork this is the only jesting verse without refrain. H and Hr add the refrain to conform to the prose text, which states that the sts all end in the same way (ok eitt niðrlag at öllum, Fms 6, 169; so also ÍF 28, 89; ÍF 29, 237). Because this entails omitting two of Haraldr’s eight accomplishments, it hardly represents the original version. For the boasting of such feats, see Jesch 2006.


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