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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 3. Austrfararvísur, 21 [Vol. 1, 613]

[5] kennir þinga ‘master of assemblies [RULER]’: Other possible meanings of kennir are ‘knower, connoisseur’, ‘instructor’ and ‘tester’. It is possible that kennir þinga is a warrior-kenning, since þing ‘assembly’ is occasionally used alone as a half-kenning to refer to battle (see LP: þing 3, and cf. ESk Geisl 29VII malmþings kennir ‘tester of the weapon-meeting [BATTLE > WARRIOR]’).


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