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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, 20 [Vol. 1, 44]

[11] sanngǫrvastr ‘the most just’: Here too the reading of mss J1ˣ, J2ˣ and F is selected (and so Yt 1925; Åkerlund 1939, 108; Yng 1952, 73). ON sannr means not only ‘true’ but also ‘just, fitting, right’ (Fritzner: sannr adj. 3), hence the cpd sanngǫrr means ‘fairly, justly done’. That Ingjaldr may have been felt to deserve his appalling death is suggested by his nickname illráði ‘the Wicked’, and by the tradition reported in Yng (ÍF 26, 71) that he killed twelve kings in breach of a truce.


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