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Note to ESk Run 9II

[3] Parta ‘of the Partar’: This ethnic name also occurs in Sigv Víkv 8/7I. Poole (1980, 276) argues that the Partar were the inhabitants of Partney, Lincolnshire, but that identification is problematic (see the discussion by Townend 1998, 62-5). Rather, it appears that Einarr, to achieve alliteration on [p], lifted the name from Sigvatr, whose st. also contains the adj. prúðr ‘splendid’ (prúðum Pǫrtum ‘splendid Partar’).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Poole, Russell. 1980. ‘In Search of the Partar’. SS 52, 264-77.
  3. Townend, Matthew. 1998. English Place-Names in Skaldic Verse. English Place-Name Society extra ser. 1. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  4. Internal references
  5. Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 8’ 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. 545.


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