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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sjórs Lv 3II l. 1

hvíta — white


hvítr (adj.; °-an; -ari, -astr): white



[1] inn hvíta skjǫld ‘the white shield’: For red and white shields and their significance, see Falk 1914, 128-32. White shields seem to have been less prestigious than red shields and also a sign of peace. That Sigurðr carried a red shield when he returned from the battle not only implies that the shield had been reddened with blood, but also that he had gained honour from the fighting.



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