This strophe appears unconnected with both the preceding and the following one; at the same time, we ought not perhaps to assume a chasm in the poems whenever we find an abrupt transition, but rather to regard such abruptness as a characteristic of similar compositions.
Or, according to another reading,swords, which is the one admitted in the texts of the original.
Rask understands Brimir to be the name of the giant (jötun) to whom, the drinking hall belonged, and not the name of the hall itself: in which case whomust be substituted forwhich. In Snorri’s Edda, it is evidently understood as the name of the hall. See p. 75. edit. Rask.