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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 40. Halldórr Rannveigarson, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 1, 798]

[5, 7] sǫðlaði bukk ‘saddled a he-goat’: This refers to Óláfr’s prank, as a boy, of saddling a he-goat for his stepfather to ride (ÓHLeg 1982, 40-1; ÍF 27, 3-4). The story, combining as it does defiance of instructions from a father-figure and inappropriate treatment of livestock, clearly has a literary kinship with the episodes of Grettir’s youth in Grettis saga.


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