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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, 2. Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 42-3]

[7] at morði ‘in the battle’: Unlike in prose, where morð denotes ‘murder’ (see Fritzner: morð), the word is used in poetry for ‘battle, fighting, killing’ (LP: morð). Skj B connects the prepositional phrase with the previous cl. (‘where weapons swing in the battle’). That construction creates an awkward w. o. (see NN §806, and, following Kock, so also ÍF 28; ÍF 29).


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