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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 8 [Vol. 7, 802-3]

[8] palls siðlætis ‘the step of virtue’: Ms. ‘pall sidlætis’ with loss of <s> in palls by haplography. Cf. heims stríðandi 30/6. Steingrímur Þorsteinsson, in his transcription in AM 920 4°ˣ, reads ms. ‘pall’ as Páll, which, as Kahle observes (1898, 109), makes no sense. Finnur Jónsson also appears to have taken the ms. form as the personal name, which he emends to Pétr (Skj B) and treats in apposition with góðan postula Krists (ll. 6-7). He takes siðlætis as gen. object of gæti and translates: og præsterne iagtage sædelighed ‘and let the priests observe morality’. Kock (NN §1716) compares the locution siðlætis pallr here with siðapallr ‘step of faith’ at st. 31/4, although here the sense of pallr is effectively neutral (i.e. siðlætis pallr = siðlæti). Schottmann 1973, 132 compares Liljukvistir 23/6 (ÍM I.2, 162) sæmdar pallar. On the widespread use of this type of genitival periphrasis (nafnorðsaukning) in rímur see Björn K. Þórólfsson 1934, 204-7; Davíð Erlingsson 1974.


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