Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to TorfE Lv 1I

[4] dugir ‘it is right’: The verb duga is here used in the sense of ‘be right’, ‘be a duty’, which shades into the more familiar sense of ‘avail’ (Konráð Gíslason 1892, 196-7; Mundal 1993, 254-5). Kock (NN §2411) emends to dofnar, which would give some such sense as ‘we are sluggish in avenging our father’, so as to obtain a hending. However, the hendingar in Torf-Einarr’s lausavísur are not regular (see Introduction).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Konráð Gíslason, ed. 1892. Udvalg af oldnordiske skjaldekvad, med anmærkninger. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  4. Mundal, Else. 1993. ‘The Orkney Earl and Scald Torf-Einarr and his Poetry’. In Batey et al. 1993, 248-59.


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