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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

8. Ǫrvar-Odds saga 69 (Ǫrvar-Oddr, Lausavísur, 32) — Oddr [Vol. 8, 884]

[2] tvá ørhjartaða ásu ‘the two dispirited gods’: Probably a reference to Freyr and Óðinn, mentioned in the previous stanza, rather than to the whole pantheon of the pagan gods. The numeral tvá occurs in the mss, but is omitted or placed in parentheses by all previous eds because it makes the line hypermetrical. The acc. pl. of æsir, ásu is given in normalised form in the text, but is not regarded as an emendation here (though it is in Ǫrv 67/7), because 471’s æsi is an attested alternative form of the acc. pl. of áss (cf. ANG §395.4).


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