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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSt Rst 5I l. 8

Svǫlnis — of Svǫlnir


Svǫlnir (noun m.): Svǫlnir


[8] Svǫlnis dóms: snælinns dóm 53


[8] í rómu dóms Svǫlnis ‘in the tumult of the verdict of Svǫlnir <= Óðinn> [BATTLE]’: This seems the best solution, though the expression is somewhat overloaded, since róma ‘tumult’ most frequently functions as a heiti for ‘battle’ (LP: róma 2). Editions based on ÓT (Fms 12, 36; Skj B) take it in that sense, and construe sannfróðr ‘truly wise’ with dóms Svǫlnis, hence ‘truly wise or skilled in battle’.



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