Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 12 [Vol. 1, 969]

[4] órœkinn ‘reckless’: The adj. only otherwise occurs in KormǪ Lv 16/8V (Korm 17), applied to a wolf. On the basis of the related verb rœkja ‘to heed, cultivate, care for’ and adj. rœkinn ‘careful, caring’, the sense here may be ‘reckless’, i.e. not caring for his life, or possibly ‘ruthless’; cf. the gloss hugdjarfr ‘mind-bold’ in Fms 12, 243, and see LP: rœkja, rœkinn, órœkinn. Emendation to ofrækinn (so Skj B and suggested in LP: órœkinn), which could mean ‘greatly caring’ i.e. ‘bold in action, determined’, is not necessary.


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