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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 4VII l. 8

bríkr — board


brík (noun f.; °-ar; -r): plank



[7-8] runni Hamðis bríkr ‘bush (dat. sg.) of Hamðir’s board [SHIELD > MAN]’: The story of the hero Hamðir and his brother Sǫrli, sons of Guðrún Gjúkadóttir by Jónakr, is recounted in a number of ON poems and prose texts, e.g. Hamð, Bragi Rdr 3-7III; Skm (SnE 1998, I, 49-50); Vǫls, chs 41-4. The name Hamðir occurs frequently in kennings for stone, mailcoat and, here, for shield (LP: Hamðir). On the gen. sg. of brík, f., which may be in -ar or -r, see LP: brík and Thomson 1987, 148.



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