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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal, 75 [Vol. 3, 1186]

[4]: This tripartite line is awkward. The vowel in frár ‘swift’ is difficult to read in R (Finnur Jónsson (Skj A) reads ‘fror’), and the W variant fjǫr ‘life’ cannot be construed to make any sense in the context. Kock (NN §2185) emends to fœr ‘passable’ which he takes with mál (n. nom. pl.) ‘times’. As Faulkes (SnE 2007, 69) points out, fœr as an adj. qualifying mál makes little sense. The other even lines contain a disyllabic cpd in positions 1-2, and a noun farmál ‘opportune time to travel’ would be possible, but is not warranted by the ms. witnesses.


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