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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Glúmr Gráf 4I l. 5

tungur — tongues


tunga (noun f.; °-u; -ur): tongue, language < slíðrtunga (noun f.)


[5] Slíðrtungur: skíðr tungu Bb, síðþungr Flat


[5] slíðrtungur ‘scabbard-tongues [SWORDS]’: The word for scabbard is normally pl. slíðrar, and this appears in RvHbreiðm Hl 18/5III tunga slíðra ‘tongue of the scabbard [SWORD]’. The sg. slíðr seen in the present kenning itself means a ‘sliver’, two of which could be bound together to make a scabbard; use of the sg. is paralleled in Mark Lv 2/4III slíðráll ‘scabbard-eel [SWORD]’.



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