Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 5. Vestrfararvísur, 8 [Vol. 1, 626]

[1, 3, 4] ýtir jarðar, mildr auðar ‘impeller of land [RULER], generous with wealth’: (a) Ýtir jarðar ‘impeller of land’ is adopted here as the best solution, though it is not a typical kenning since ýtir is normally coupled with determinants referring to treasure, ships or weapons (Meissner 307). (b) Mildr ýtir auðar jarðar ‘generous impeller of the wealth of the land’ (NN §636) takes auðar jarðar ‘wealth of the land’ as a bipartite determinant which is not itself a kenning. This is also possible, though unusual. (c) Jón Skaptason (1983) wonders whether auðr jarðar ‘wealth of the earth’ could be a gold-kenning, but parallels are lacking. (d) Finnur Jónsson’s solution involves radical emendation; see Note to ll. 1-4 above.


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