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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr, 16 [Vol. 2, 511-12]

[8] of Sigurði ‘around Sigurðr’: For this unmetrical form, see Note to st. 6/1. The l. echoes Guðr I, 1/4, 13/2, 27/8 (NK 202, 204, 206), where the name refers to Sigurðr the Dragon-slayer. There can be no doubt that the echoes in Sig of ll. from poems in the eddic Sigurðr-cycle were intentional, and that Ívarr eulogised Sigurðr slembidjákn by juxtaposing him to Sigurðr the Dragon-slayer (see Introduction above). For a similar device, see Ill Har above.


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