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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Halldórr skvaldri, 2. Útfarardrápa, 7 [Vol. 2, 488-9]

[2] barka ‘boats’: Lit. ‘barks’. These were smaller boats that could be tied to a larger ship (< MLat. barca). See Falk 1912, 87. See also Hkr (ÍF 28, 244): tveir skipbáta, er barkar eru kallaðir ‘two ship-boats which are called barks’. The word barki is attested in poetry only here, and it is possible that these boats were a local Mediterranean product.


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