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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 1. Ynglingatal, 17 [Vol. 1, 38]

[7] józka menn ‘men from Jutland’: HN (2003, 78-9) seems to contradict this, for it identifies the adversary as Gautones ‘Gautar, men from Gautland (Götaland)’. Storm (1873, 109) takes this to be scribal error in HN, and Finnur Jónsson (1934b, 191) thinks it denotes Jótar. Koht (1921a, 30 n.) assumes the Gautar were indeed the original adversary, which could seem likely for geographical and perhaps for historical reasons (cf. also Beyschlag 1950, 75 n. 122; Yng 1952, 69-70). Accordingly Yt would either have mistaken the Gautar for Jutes or transmitted an older error, which may have arisen because of the Norwegian perspective (Krag 1991, 126).


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