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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 14 [Vol. 1, 108]

[1] Holmrygjum ‘the Hólmrygir’: Residents of the islands (hólmr m. ‘island’) of Rogaland, in this context clearly the female residents. Finnur Jónsson (Hkr 1893-1901, IV, 37; LP: Holmrygir), perhaps expecting instead a gen. pl. parallel with Hǫrða ‘of the Hǫrðar’ (actually supplied in Möbius 1860 and in Sueti 1884, 26), and noting that this refers to women only, suggests that the second constituent of the cpd could be a form of rýgr ‘lady’, with a pun on -rygjum (so also ÍF 26, 119-20; Olsen 1942b, 28-30).


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