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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Einarr Skúlason (biog. vol. 2), Geisli, 30 [Vol. 7, 31]

[5-8]: The stef is written out in full in Flat, but abbreviated in Bb. The Flat scribe abbreviates it everywhere but here and in st. 18. The text differs slightly here, suggesting that the scribe wrote it out from memory: this second version has ‘ridari i stridum’ (l. 6) where st. 18 has ‘ridadri stridum’ and þats (‘þat er’, l. 7) where the first reads sem. The scribe’s reason for writing the stef here has to do with the layout of the ms. When he finished copying the first helmingr of st. 30 he found that one ruled l. remained at the foot of column a, enough space for four ll. of dróttkvætt. Rather than begin a new st. and split the text between two columns of writing, he filled out the space with the stef.

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