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Note to Ív Sig 25II

[7] Benteini ‘Benteinn’s’: Dat. of possession. Benteinn Kolbeinsson was one of Ingi Haraldsson’s retainers, and Sigurðr killed him inside his house after a brief skirmish. His name can be translated as ‘wound-twig’ (i.e. ‘sword, spear’), and ll. 5-8 of the present st. seems to pun on his name (see Andersson and Gade 2000, 492).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.


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