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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. Oddr Snorrason, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 1, 891]

[8] traxit in dolo ‘drew ... on treacherously’: Sigvaldi jarl persuaded Óláfr that there was no threat, causing him to disband his army (see further Note to Stefnir Lv 1/7-8). The phrase at the equivalent point in Stefnir Lv 1/8 is dró á tálar ‘drew into a trap’, but it appears that the two constructions are not identical, since acc. sg. dolum would be expected after in indicating motion, and that in dolo has the sense ‘treacherously, with treachery’ here, as frequently in the Vulgate (so Gottskálk Þór Jensson (2006, 47). As Gottskálk points out, this removes the objection to in dolo raised by Finnur Jónsson (ÓTOdd 1932, ii), and his suspicion that Oddr’s Lat. grammar was less than secure.


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