Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 18. Einarr skálaglamm Helgason, 2. Vellekla, 2 [Vol. 1, 284]

[3] hlýði ‘may ... listen’: Skj B conjectures heyri instead of hlýði, given by all mss, to achieve the expected hending. Despite Skj A and SnE 1998, I, 163 attributing the conjecture to him, Konráð Gíslason repeatedly rejects it (Konráð Gíslason 1872, 14; Konráð Gíslason 1892, 18, 99). Kock (Skald) and Faulkes (SnE 1998) also adhere to the mss. Emendation is unnecessary since the hending is also missing in the first line, as noted by Konráð Gíslason (1872, 14) and Kock (NN §392). Moreover it is apparent that Einarr links ll. 3 and 4 through a hending in the introductory sts 1-5: 1. fyrðafjarð, 3. aldaǫldr (ms. aldr), 4. sorgarbergs, 5. ausaaustr. Hlýðihljóð fits well with this special use of rhyme.


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