Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 5. Vestrfararvísur, 2 [Vol. 1, 618]

[3] hús ‘building’: While some mss spell out her or herr, the main ms. abbreviates the word. Skj A transcribes this as ‘hus’, which is clearly the word needed here, but the abbreviation mark is the scribe’s usual one for -er (as in l. 7 ber) rather than for -us (as in l. 4 hus), and therefore emendation is required. Some of the other mss abbreviate this word, too, and it is likely that an ambiguous abbreviation at an early stage of transmission introduced the confusion.


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