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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Anonymous Poems, 2. Nóregs konungatal, 28 [Vol. 2, 779]

[2] með hringum ‘from border to border’: This expression (lit. ‘from rings to rings’) usually describes a ship being cleared from stem to stern (i.e. between the ringed ornaments that could be attached to the stem and the stern of a ship). See also Arn Hryn 15/5 and Arn Magndr 14/5. It is used here in a territorial sense. A more common expression in a non-nautical context would be ‘from end to end’ (með endum; see Anon (HSig) 2/1).


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