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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal, 62 [Vol. 3, 1173]

[1] snýr ‘turns’: The verb snýr can be the 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. of the verb snúa ‘turn’ or of a verb meaning ‘snow’ (*snjóa ‘snow’; OE, OHG snīwan) attested only in the 3rd pers. sg. pres. indic. and p. p. (snivinn) (see AEW: snivinn; snýr). The latter verb does not take a personal subject (see e.g. Eyv Lv 12/1I). Following Konráð Gíslason (1895-7), Finnur Jónsson (Skj B but apparently not in LP: snýja) construes an unattested inf. of a weak verb *snýja and takes tiggi ‘lord’ as the subject ‘the lord makes it snow’ (so also SnE 2007, 149), whereas Kock (NN §191) interprets snýr as pres. indic. of snúa. It may well be that Snorri invented a weak verb *snýja to preserve the battle/weather imagery (see Notes to st. 61/1 above), but because such a verb is otherwise unattested, the present edn follows Kock. For snúa e-u á e-n ‘turn sth. toward sby’, see Fritzner: snúa á 1.


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