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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 57. Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa, 23 [Vol. 1, 979]

[2] mikinn atróðr ‘a great attack’: This acc. phrase is followed by a finite verb. Jvs 1879, 112-13 adds ‘gniþv’ and prints gníðu in the normalised text (see LP: gnýja ‘resound, rumble’), though with the reservation that the word is very difficult to make out, and could be ‘grimþv’, or possibly ‘greiþv’ or ‘greiþa’. Fms 11 conjectures ‘grimðu’ (cf. perhaps CVC: grimmask ‘chafe, be furious’), though the prose order in Fms 12 reads greiðu. Skj A reads ‘giorþv’ (normalised gjǫrðu ‘(they) did, made’), while Skj B, following Konráð Gíslason (1877, 35), conjectures greiða; cf. CVC: greiða, which glosses greiða atróðr as ‘to attack (in a sea-fight)’. This, as Kock (NN §2819) notes, would supply the necessary skothending for the line but would be a pres. tense verb set amidst pret. narration; he suggests instead kníðu ‘pressed, drove’.


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