Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 16 [Vol. 7, 809-10]

[4] liðstórr ‘great of help’: Kahle (1898, 81) reads ‘lid sliór’. Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) prints ‘líd storr’ but notes that ‘storr’ is ‘somewhat unclear and doubtless corrected’. Since, however, the form does not show the st ligature regularly used elsewhere in the ms. (cf., e.g., 57v: næst stafi hæsta 1/2; stort 1/6; stolpi 5/7; styrk 5/8, etc., with, e.g., 57v: slottig 3/2; 58r: slika 10/8), it seems more likely that the original ms. reading was ‘lidsliorr’ ‘sluggish, slow with help’. The letter <l> appears to have been later altered to <t> to produce the reading liðstórr.

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