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Note to ÞKolb Eirdr 3I

[5] hlumr ‘oar-handle’: Hlunnr ‘rollers, launcher’, a common word in skaldic poetry and the reading of 54 and Bb, would be compatible with the focus on launching in the first helmingr, but less so with the second helmingr, where, reading hlumr, the trembling of the oar-handles contrasts with the fearless steadfastness of the warriors who ply them; oar-blades (blǫðum) are also mentioned in l. 8. The word hlumr also occurs in l. 7 of Þór Lv, a jocular stanza with a theme of rowing.


  1. Internal references
  2. Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórarinn, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 445.


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