Note to stanza
7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 41 [Vol. 7, 832-3]
 stríðandi kvíða ‘the fighter against anxiety’: Kock (NN §1743) rejects the contradictory interpretations given in Skj B (where stríðandi is taken as adj. and ll. 5-7 are construed: kummerfuld nærede han den höjeste angstens pine ‘grief-stricken he harboured fear of the greatest agony’) and LP: stríðandi (where bǫls stríðandi is listed as an agent-kenning, though neither Skj A nor B has the emended reading bǫls). Taking stríðandi kvíða as subject and hæst böl as object makes good sense without emendation. Kvíða (see Fritzner: kvíði wk. m. ‘dread, apprehension, anxiety’) may be taken as either gen. or dat. sg. object of stríðandi (see Note to 30/5-6), but since a periphrasis that characterises Peter as ‘an adversary of fear’ is slightly problematic in a st. focusing on his timorous behaviour, the phrase may instead mean ‘fighter against anxiety’ and refer here to Peter’s internal struggle against his own fear.
Skj A = Finnur Jónsson ed.… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Pét 41, n. 6 (SkP 7)
Skj B = Finnur Jónsson ed.… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Pét 41, n. 6 (SkP 7)
NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. … ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Pét 41, n. 6 (SkP 7)
LP = Finnur Jónsson ed. 1931. Lex… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Pét 41, n. 6 (SkP 7)
Fritzner = Fritzner, Johan. 1883-… ∙ is referred to in ∙ Anon Pét 41, n. 6 (SkP 7)