Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa, 50 [Vol. 7, 962-3]

[3] Ullar: All mss have öll með ‘all with’; Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) and Kock (Skald) emend öll með to Ullar, giving a base-word in a kenning for men via the pl. form of the name of the god Ullr. Sperber suggests Ullr með and the emendation of kunna (3rd pers. pl. pres. ind.) to kunni (3rd pers. sg. pret. ind.); accordingly, he proposes the following reading of ll. 3-4: ‘a more sublime glory than Ullr <god> of the animals of the wave [SHIPS > SEAFARER] knows how to ask for with words’.


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