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2. Anonymous Lausavísur, 2. Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar, 9 [Vol. 2, 822-3]

[4] heilagt fall ‘holy death’: Lit. ‘holy fall’. Skald emends the Hr variant ‘haleitt’ to hligt and reads hligt fall ‘splendid (or ‘high’) fall’ (see NN §3234). However, ‘haleitt’ is clearly a scribal error. Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr) died at the battle of Stiklestad (29 July 1030). He was later canonised and became the patron saint of Norway.


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