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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa, 2 [Vol. 2, 534-5]

[5, 8] meir nauðr, an skyldi ‘a greater need than should have been [necessary]’: This statement is somewhat obscure, but must refer to the fact that the counsellors of Haraldr’s sons were forced to resort to excessive measures to stop the rampage of Sigurðr slembir and Magnús in 1139. Hkr (ÍF 28, 314-15) and Mork (1928-32, 429-30) describe in detail the deliberations which took place prior to the campaign that culminated in the battle of Holmengrå.


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