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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Sturla Þórðarson, 2. Hákonarkviða, 24 [Vol. 2, 717]

[7] elda vers ‘of the fires of the ocean [GOLD]’: As Kock (NN §2288) points out, this might be construed as vers elda ‘of the verse of swords’ i.e. ‘of battle’, although that interpretion (favoured by Kock) is somewhat strained. Eldr ‘fire’ usually occurs as a base-word in kennings for ‘sword’ rather than as a heiti for ‘sword’ (see LP: eldr and eldr 7).


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