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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur, 4 [Vol. 2, 618]

[6] hǫfuðskaldi ‘the chief skald’: There is no indication in Orkn that Þorbjǫrn svarti was either a particularly important poet nor Rǫgnvaldr’s ‘chief skald’; he is simply said to have been one of a number of skáld jarls ‘the skalds of the jarl’ (ÍF 34, 204). The term is paralleled by the use of the word hǫfuðkirkja in st. 5. Otherwise, hǫfuðskáld is used in ESk Geisl 12VII, with reference to Sigvatr (SigvI) and Óttarr (ÓttI), two very important poets (see also SnE 1998, I, 5, 6, 85).


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