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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 23 [Vol. 1, 116]

[8] logǫndum húfum ‘blazing caps’: As with the wood-chip in l. 7 (see Note), there have been several attempts to imagine the nature of the entertainment, often involving emendation of the text. Larsen (1943-6, II, 248) understands the performers to be placing blazing caps on their bare stomachs. CPB I, 258 would read logǫndum lúfum ‘flaming shock-locks’. Olsen (1915) suggests logǫndum stúfum ‘burning stumps’ (in reference to phallic exhibitionism, the ‘burning’ being metaphorical); and Holtsmark (1950, 247) recommends the same emendation, arguing that the ‘stumps’ are blazing torches that the entertainers wield ‘under the belt’ in a phallic dance. Sigfús Blöndal (1927-8) proposes lafandum húfum ‘dangling caps’, in reference to fools’ caps with very long peaks or tassels. Lindquist (1929, 8-9) emends to lotrǫndum, which he takes to mean ‘dangling’. Kock (NN §2410) argues that WGmc *log- ‘dangle’ was borrowed and misconstrued.


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