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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal, 68 [Vol. 3, 1180]

[4]: The rhyme snœrð- : mærð does not involve identical vowels, and earlier scholars have therefore postulated a variant form mœrð (see LP: mærð; SnE 2007, 67), but there are no early examples of this rhyme (only here and in ESk Geisl 21/2VII, where the reading appears to be corrupt). Hence this could be an early manifestation of the change œ > æ or at least indicate an instability in the pronunciation of the vowel. That change is otherwise dated to shortly before 1250 (see ANG §120).


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