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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Pétrsdrápa, 50 [Vol. 7, 840-1]

[2-4] fíkinn flærða fúss ... rígu ‘hungry for treacheries eager ... with severity’: Ms. ‘fus’ emended to fúss to agree with Héródes (m. nom. sg.). Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) takes rígu with fúss and translates: villig til strænghed ‘ready for harshness’. Kock (NN §1753) argues that rígu should instead be taken as an adverbial dat.: ‘with severity’. With free-standing fúss he compares, for example, the OE Genesis B, ll. 442a-3a (in Doane 1991, 216): Angan hine þa gyrwan godes andsaca fus on frætwum ‘eager, an adversary of God began to make himself ready in his war-gear’ (though fus on frætwum is more likely a collocation here: ‘eager in his armour’).


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