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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Þorfdr 21II l. 1

hǫggva — hack down


hǫggva (verb): to strike, put to death, cut, hew


[1] hǫggva: ‘ho᷎gna’ R702ˣ


[1-2, 4] sák hvárntveggja auðgjafa mínn hǫggva hirð sína ‘I watched both my wealth-givers [GENEROUS MEN] hack down their own retainers’: (a) The 1st-pers. mode of the Flat reading matches that of l. 3 and Arnórr’s known presence at this battle; this is also adopted in Skj B. (b) The R702ˣ readings are also viable, giving ‘each of my wealth-givers watched his retainers being hacked down’.



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