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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 1. Magnússflokkr, 2 [Vol. 2, 65-6]

[8] húnskript ‘the decorated cloth of the mast-top [SAIL]’: Jesch (2001a, 161) points out that the skript ‘decoration, picture’ on the sail could be embroidered, painted or simply the effect of stitching in sections; cf. Seglit var sett með fögrum skriptum ‘The sail was laid out with beautiful decorations’ (Fms 10, 77, cited in CVC: skript). Sail-kennings are rare (Meissner 222), but this one reappears in SnSt Ht 78/8III and Sturl Hákkv 11/5 (see LP: húnskript).


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