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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 50 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 17) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 864]

[2] lindi barða ‘the linden shield to be struck’: Here the reading of 343a is adopted, assuming a phrase in the acc. sg., as the only one that makes grammatical sense without emendation (so Skj B, though translating the phrase as pl., and Skald). The f. noun lind ‘linden wood, shield’ sometimes has a dat. sg., and probably an analogical acc. sg. form, ending in ‑i (cf. ANG §390.3). Both Edd. Min. and Ǫrv 1892 emend to lindir barðar ‘linden shields [to be] struck’ (acc. pl.), which has no ms. support, while Ǫrv 1888 retains 7’s and 471’s lindi börðu, but does not offer a translation.


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