Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Gyðingsvísur, 4 [Vol. 7, 520-1]

[6] …dr: The beginning of this word is lost in a large hole, though ‘dr’ is certain. Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) indicated that ‘ndr’ were visible to him. The essential sense of the st. is clear from the remaining words, and the most likely loss is therefore some monosyllabic adj. qualifying svellir ímu or an additional part of the determinant of the warrior-kenning. Jón Sigurðsson, in a n. to his 444ˣ transcript, suggests that the missing word might be mildr but this seems unlikely, since that word occupies the corresponding position in the first helmingr. Kock (NN §2980) reconstructs endr, which, he claims, acts in conjunction with the pret. to form a version of the pluperfect tense. He construes þvít ímu svellir veitti endr vell ‘because the sweller of battle had given out gold’.


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