Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 2 [Vol. 7, 798]

[6]: Both Kahle (1898, 78) and Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) read: ‘o᷎lld gud j vero᷎lldum’. Since the helmingr lacks a verb, Finnur (Skj B) emends to ǫld trúir guð verǫldum (omitting prep. í) ‘mankind believes [him to be] God for worlds’. Kock (NN §1710) accepts the addition of the verb, but argues that í verǫldum must be a scribal error for í vǫldum ‘in power, control’ (of something + gen.). This would, in fact, appear to be the actual ms. reading (veröldum also being unmetrical), since the flourish over the v in ‘vo᷎lldum’ is more likely a finial like that on the v in var at st. 1/7 than an abbreviation mark for -er-. With the aðalhending cf., e.g., Sturl Hrafn 6/6II.

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