reminiscent of the Germanic «thing», or assembly, where warriors
stood in silent deliberation around their leader. It is intersting
to note that Icelandís parliament is still referred to as «Althing».
das hochgehörnte Schiff: a boat looking like a Viking longboat
with its gracefully curved prow and stern post.
and below in l. 4001 the poet reminds his audience of the Germanic concept
is interesting to note how Peterís denials and unheroic behavior are rationalized:
it was preordained.