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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Rǫgnvaldr jarl and Hallr Þórarinsson, Háttalykill, 60 [Vol. 3, 1069]

[6] burr (m. nom. sg.) ‘son’: Bur (m. acc. sg.) ‘son’ has been emended to the nom. sg. If the acc. form is kept (so SnE 1848, 245; Hl 1941), the subject (Haraldr) must be inferred from the previous helmingr, and bur Kjǫtva ‘the son of Kjǫtvi’ must be taken as an apposition to the prepositional phrase in l. 5. That reading is less preferable from a syntactic point of view, and there are numerous examples of loss of final ‑r in Rugman’s transcriptions (see Note to st. 5/2). The acc. case could also have been caused by the adj. hvatráðan m. acc. sg. ‘quick-witted’ (l. 6) which precedes the noun. The son of Kjǫtvi inn auðgi ‘the Wealthy’ was Þórir haklangr, probably ‘Long-chin’, or ‘one having a long chin’ (see ÍF 26, 114-15 and Notes to Þhorn Harkv 7/4I, 9/8I). For the spelling <tt> for <t> (‘krattva’ both mss), see Note to st. 38/5.


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